Run as fast as you can.
Run as far as you can.
Away from anyone you meet
Who is unable to be
And meets everything
In this glorious strangeness
Boredom and familiarity.
They have already decided
To try and keep the strangeness
At bay by saying
"Hmm", "Yes" and
"Right…… I know.."
Living in a barren land
They want you to
Live there with them.
Don't do it.
day by day
and fail to find
for what everyone carries
through this valley of tears.
instead i judge others
for how they bear their lives.
lord help me lay this down;
for sweet judgment
sours on my tongue,
turns to acid in my heart,
and hollows out my chest.
i am devoured from the inside out.
(Thanks to Father Greg Boyle SJ for food for thought)
Eager to please
Scenes of perfect desolation are treasures,
Rust, black mold, bent wood, broken glass.
Like looking in a mirror,
Kin and comfort.
You're just depressed.
You know, we all end up in the same place.
It's best to keep a cheerful demeanor
And enjoy our lives.
I don't know if my feet are cold.
I don't feel them at all.
I enjoy that.
Does that count?
I have been astonished that men could die
martyrs for their religion -
I have shuddered at it,
I shudder no more.
I could be martyred for my religion.
Love is my religion
and I could die for that.
I could die for you.
- John Keats To Fanny Brawne, 13 October 1819
(via Whiskey River)
I am the dog you put to sleep,
as you like to call the needle of oblivion,
come back to tell you this simple thing:
I never liked you--not one bit.
When I licked your face,
I thought of biting off your nose.
When I watched you toweling yourself dry,
I wanted to leap and unman you with a snap.
I resented the way you moved,
your lack of animal grace,
the way you would sit in a chair to eat,
a napkin on your lap, knife in your hand.
I would have run away,
but I was too weak, a trick you taught me
while I was learning to sit and heel,
and--greatest of insults--shake hands without a hand.
I admit the sight of the leash
would excite me
but only because it meant I was about
to smell things you had never touched.
You do not want to believe this,
but I have no reason to lie.
I hated the car, the rubber toys,
disliked your friends and, worse, your relatives.
The jingling of my tags drove me mad.
You always scratched me in the wrong place.
All I ever wanted from you
was food and fresh water in my metal bowls.
While you slept, I watched you breathe
as the moon rose in the sky.
It took all of my strength
not to raise my head and howl.
Now I am free of the collar,
the yellow raincoat, monogrammed sweater,
the absurdity of your lawn,
and that is all you need to know about this place
except what you already supposed
and are glad it did not happen sooner--
that everyone here can read and write,
the dogs in poetry, the cats and the others in prose.
Please sit down and be comfortable.
Would you like some peppermint tea?
Here. Give me your hands.
Ah yes - I see it...
A bit foggy - but I see it..
Yes. I am certain.
All of these things will happen to you.
Some day - your email will ping.
And you'll get an invitation.
And you'll drive through spitting sleet in the dark.
And you'll get there in one piece.
And your favorite poet will receive an award.
And you'll get to meet her.
And she'll give you a hug.
And she'll sign your book.
And she'll make sure you and your wife sit right down front, where those important people sit -
(even though you're not - important )
And she'll ask you what poems you'd like her to read.
And she'll read them.
And a smile will not leave your face.
And you'll wonder if you're dreaming all this.
And when it's over she'll hug you and your wife together.
And you'll drive home through a gathering storm.
And afterglow will light your way.
Eyes-Shut Facing Eyes-Rolling-AroundPay close attention to your mean thoughts.
That sourness may be a blessing,
as an overcast day brings rain for the roses
and relief to dry soil.
Don't look so sourly on your sourness!
It may be it's carrying what you most deeply need
and want. What seems to be keeping you from joy
may be what leads you to joy.
Don't call it a dead branch.
Call it the live, moist root.
Don't always be waiting to see
what's behind it. That wait and see
poisons your Spirit.
Reach for it.
Hold your meanness to your chest
as a healing root,
and be through with waiting.- Jelaluddin Rumi
translated by Coleman Barks
Delicious Laughter: Rambunctious Teaching Stories from the Mathnawi
Via Whiskey River
By Charles Simic
Go inside a stoneThat would be my way.Let somebody else become a doveOr gnash with a tiger's tooth.I am happy to be a stone.From the outside the stone is a riddle:No one knows how to answer it.Yet within, it must be cool and quietEven though a cow steps on it full weight,Even though a child throws it in a river;The stone sinks, slow, unperturbedTo the river bottomWhere the fishes come to knock on itAnd listen.I have seen sparks fly outWhen two stones are rubbed,So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;Perhaps there is a moon shiningFrom somewhere, as though behind a hill—Just enough light to make outThe strange writings, the star-chartsOn the inner walls.
Tomorrow is the last day of Stone River 2013. For those that don't know, Stone River is my blog that participates in the annual "2013 Mindful Writing Challenge" facilitated and evangelized by the great people over at "Writing Our Way Home."
This year, as in 2012, I was blessed to have companions to share the road with. Thanks Kerry, larry p and Dorothy. You made the trip through chilly January so much better with your generous gifts of stones…those wonderful eye-blinks into your lives.
So - two more day of stones, and then the river will be dammed up. A bright clear pool will form upstream. Next year, on New Year's Day when the dam breaks once more, a torrent of stones will tumble down Stone River.
EpitaphNow I'm not the brightest
knife in the drawer, but
I know a couple things
about this life: poverty
discipline and mystery
The world is not illusory, we are
From crimson thread to toe tag
If you are not disturbed
there is something seriously wrong with you, I'm sorry
And I know who I am
I'll be a voice
coming from nowhere,
be glad for me.
- Franz Wright Walking to Martha's Vineyard - (via Whiskey River)
RTTC Re-post from March 2010
O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
Lord, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.
It doesn't interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
If you know despair or can see it in others.
I want to know
if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you. If you can look back
with firm eyes
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.
I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.
(-- David Whyte, from Fire in the Earth, ©1992 Many Rivers Press)
[Poem found on Today at Meetingbrook)]
Scrub Oak said to me:
Spending my life in a mean and bitter ground
As I have,
Sucking poison into my heartwood year after year
From the vinegar thin dirt beneath my trunk
(The very dirt that my roots strain to hold on to yet,)
Has warped me ugly and bent.
How could it have been otherwise?
But then, I see you already know this.
Telling our lives to each other,
The sacred spell broken only by calls of
"time to hit the haystacks you two!"
It came too fast..
That moment when I had to share
You with the rest of the world.
Now I stand alone at midnight
Arms outstretched, eyes closed, head back,
Remembering - and
Sending out my hands
Across this wild dark continent to hold yours.
And I ask "So - how was your day?"
These are the days
of insulted murdering hordes,
of science deniers,
of turning back progress,
of dominating women,
of Hummers and Escalades and F350's,
of Pro Wrestling and The Bachelorette,
of "Shut up or get cut up"
of gated communities,
of have nots,
of sleeping under bridges,
of "I've got mine motherfucker,"
of no jobs,
of no pay,
of no prospects,
of no insurance,
of no net,
of meanness and spite as sport,
of the free market.
of human trafficking,
of endless war,
of fire and ice,
of raking it in,
of killer food,
of blessed oblivion,
of Saint Meth
and Saint Crank
and Saint Coke
and Saint Horse
and Blessed Weed
and Venerable Whiskey
and Holy Wine
and Beatific Benzos
and the entire community of Saints,
of just making it stop spinning,
of just making it stop,
of just getting on with it,
of just getting it over with,
of eating like there won't be a tomorrow,
of God just mailing it in,
of the black lump under the skin,
of smoke on the horizon,
of pre-existing conditions,
of smarter planets,
of growing corn to burn ethanol,
of internet porn,
of torture and rendition,
of remote control killing,
of old geldings running down old nuns,
of roads not taken,
of the dead end.
These are the days.
What is missed?
Or just a sun-faded memory of that thing?
Or just cave-drawn outlines flickering in torchlight?
That hot, endless, last day of summer?
Those salty kisses?
Or just barely conjured, filmy scenes?
What has happened?
Who have I been?
Who has gone with me?
Shake the Dust
~ Anis Mogjani ~
This is for the fat girls.
This is for the little brothers.
This is for the school-yard wimps, this is for the childhood bullies who tormented them.
This is for the former prom queen, this is for the milk-crate ball players.
This is for the nighttime cereal eaters and for the retired, elderly Wal-Mart store front door greeters.
Shake the dust.
This is for the benches and the people sitting upon them,
for the bus drivers driving a million broken hymns,
for the men who have to hold down three jobs simply to hold up their children,
for the nighttime schoolers and the midnight bike riders who are trying to fly.
Shake the dust.
This is for the two-year-olds who cannot be understood because they speak half-English and half-god.
Shake the dust.
For the girls with the brothers who are going crazy,
for those gym class wall flowers and the twelve-year-olds afraid of taking public showers,
for the kid who's always late to class because he forgets the combination to his lockers,
for the girl who loves somebody else.
Shake the dust.
This is for the hard men, the hard men who want to love but know that it won't come.
For the ones who are forgotten, the ones the amendments do not stand up for.
For the ones who are told to speak only when you are spoken to and then are never spoken to.
Speak every time you stand so you do not forget yourself.
Do not let a moment go by that doesn't remind you that your heart beats 900 times a day
and that there are enough gallons of blood to make you an ocean.
Do not settle for letting these waves settle and the dust to collect in your veins.
This is for the celibate pedophile who keeps on struggling,
for the poetry teachers and for the people who go on vacations alone.
For the sweat that drips off of Mick Jaggers' singing lips
and for the shaking skirt on Tina Turner's shaking hips,
for the heavens and for the hells through which Tina has lived.
This is for the tired and for the dreamers
and for those families who'll never be like the Cleavers
with perfectly made dinners and sons like Wally and the Beaver.
This is for the bigots,
this is for the sexists,
this is for the killers.
This is for the big house, pen-sentenced cats becoming redeemers
and for the springtime that always shows up after the winters.
This is for you.
Make sure that by the time fisherman returns you are gone.
Because just like the days, I burn both ends
and every time I write, every time I open my eyes I am cutting out a part of myself to give to you.
So shake the dust and take me with you when you do for none of this has never been for me.
All that pushes and pulls, pushes and pulls for you.
So grab this world by its clothespins and shake it out again and again
and jump on top and take it for a spin and when you hop off shake it again for this is yours.
Make my words worth it, make this not just another poem that I write,
not just another poem like just another night that sits heavy above us all.
Walk into it, breathe it in,
let it crash through the halls of your arms at the millions of years of millions of poets
coursing like blood pumping and pushing making you live, shaking the dust.
So when the world knocks at your front door, clutch the knob and open on up,
running forward into its widespread greeting arms with your hands before you,
cluck their solemn tongues
to say we're silly,
that we like silly things,
that we're childish.
and wise decisions
as shield and buckler
from life as it is,
position to take
in light of how
in on the joke
naked, slippery and squalling
On this side
The proclamation comes,
"God Loves You!"
With what evidence is such a
pronouncement on the mind of God made?
All you true believers,
all you settlers,
all you case-closed-this-is-it'ers:
your 'if you'd only think this way's
for one of your own kind.
Buck each other up
in the face of the Void.
You are safe on the other side
of a wide and bottomless chasm.
You have hymns in whole notes,
and sticky sweet pastries with weak coffee.
We live in the blistering
of boiling rivers,
bone dust, blood briar.
On this side, we sing in minor keys.
You can do this too...
at night i close my eyes
and become a tiny animal
curled on my side,
head on a pine needle pillow,
warm under milkweed down,
safe in my den.
the world's great calamities
glide by overhead.
whisper black wings
search for foolish grownups
trying to get through this darkness
in their own skin.
The Poet with His Face in His Hands
You want to cry aloud for your
mistakes. But to tell the truth the world
doesn't need anymore of that sound.
So if you're going to do it and can't
stop yourself, if your pretty mouth can't
hold it in, at least go by yourself across
the forty fields and the forty dark inclines
of rocks and water to the place where
the falls are flinging out their white sheets
like crazy, and there is a cave behind all that
jubilation and water fun and you can
stand there, under it, and roar all you
want and nothing will be disturbed; you can
drip with despair all afternoon and still,
on a green branch, its wings just lightly touched
by the passing foil of the water, the thrush,
puffing out its spotted breast, will sing
of the perfect, stone-hard beauty of everything.
- Mary Oliver
(via - Whiskey River)
When It Comes
Any time. Now. The next minute.
Years from today. You lean forward
and wait. You relax, but you don't forget.
Someone plans an elaborate party
with a banquet, dancing, even fireworks
when feasting is over. You look at them:
All those years when you searched the world
like a ferret, these never happened - your marriage,
your family, prayers, curses. Only dreams.
A vacuum has opened everywhere. Cities,
armies, those chairs ranked in the great
hall for the audience – there isn't anyone.
Like a shutter the sky opens and closes
and the show is over. The next act
will deny that anything ever happened.
Your hand falls open. It is empty. It never
held a knife, a flower, gold,
or love, or now. Lean closer –
Listen to me: there isn't any hand.
- William Stafford (via Whiskey River)
Last-Minute Message For a Time Capsule
I have to tell you this, whoever you are:
that on one summer morning here, the ocean
pounded in on tumbledown breakers,
a south wind, bustling along the shore,
whipped the froth into little rainbows,
and a reckless gull swept down the beach
as if to fly were everything it needed.
I thought of your hovering saucers,
looking for clues, and I wanted to write this down,
so it wouldn't be lost forever -
that once upon a time we had
meadows here, and astonishing things,
swans and frogs and luna moths
and blue skies that could stagger your heart.
We could have had them still,
and welcomed you to earth, but
we also had the righteous ones
who worshipped the True Faith, and Holy War.
When you go home to your shining galaxy,
say that what you learned
from this dead and barren place is
to beware the righteous ones.
By - Phillip Appleman
In the collection "What have you lost?" : Poems selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
Prayer By Liz Waldner
If I were in a book it would be the book
in which some lesser angel bemoans
the state of my soul
and is comforted for it
and is corrected for it
by some greater angel who knows
as the reader knows that it is not one’s soul
that suffers the indignities of ignobility:
the inability to curb the petty smallness
of spirit, ungladness in the company
of bureaucrats, anger’s decay,
in the sense that my soul itself cannot be
harmed nor tarnished though it can witness
my sorrow on finding that illness alters me
from the self I thought I’d more or less known.
What can one do about one’s nature?
I look at the spider that’s finally
restrung its great wheel away from the door.
I’d like to close the door, go away,
leaving the spider be.
I’d like to preclude the possibility
of angel, as of prey.
HOW TO BE ALONE by Tanya Davis
If you are at first lonely, be patient. If you've not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren't okay with it, then just wait. You'll find it's fine to be alone once you're embracing it.
We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. You're not supposed to talk much anyway so it's safe there.
There's also the gym. If you're shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke).
And there's public transportation, because we all gotta go places.
And there's prayer and meditation. No one will think less if you're hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.
Start simple. Things you may have previously (electric guitar plucking) based on your avoid being alone principals.
The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they -- like you -- will be alone.
Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.
When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. You're no less intriguing a person when you're eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.
Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community.
And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no one's watching...because, they're probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you're sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of life's best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.
Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.
Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, there're always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches might've never happened had you not been there by yourself
Society is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.
You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no one's in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept.
Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school's groaning were tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cuz if you're happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.
It's okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can't think like you, for this be relieved, keeps things interesting life's magic things in reach.
And it doesn't mean you're not connected, that communities not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesn't get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don't obsess about it.
you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
If your heart is bleeding make the best of it
There is heat in freezing, be a testament.
The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer
I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my
inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission
to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it.
I have planted by the stars in defiance of the experts,
and tilled somewhat by incantation and by singing,
and reaped, as I knew, by luck and Heaven's favor,
in spite of the best advice. If I have been caught
so often laughing at funerals, that was because
I knew the dead were already slipping away,
preparing a comeback, and can I help it?
And if at weddings I have gritted and gnashed
my teeth, it was because I knew where the bridegroom
had sunk his manhood, and knew it would not
be resurrected by a piece of cake. ‘Dance,’ they told me,
and I stood still, and while they stood
quiet in line at the gate of the Kingdom, I danced.
‘Pray,’ they said, and I laughed, covering myself
in the earth's brightnesses, and then stole off gray
into the midst of a revel, and prayed like an orphan.
When they said, ‘I know my Redeemer liveth,’
I told them, ‘He's dead.’ And when they told me
‘God is dead,’ I answered, ‘He goes fishing ever day
in the Kentucky River. I see Him often.’
When they asked me would I like to contribute
I said no, and when they had collected
more than they needed, I gave them as much as I had.
When they asked me to join them I wouldn't,
and then went off by myself and did more
than they would have asked. ‘Well, then,’ they said
‘go and organize the International Brotherhood
of Contraries,’ and I said, ‘Did you finish killing
everybody who was against peace?’ So be it.
Going against men, I have heard at times a deep harmony
thrumming in the mixture, and when they ask me what
I say I don't know. It is not the only or the easiest
way to come to the truth. It is one way.
– Wendell Berry
They miss the whisper that runs
any day in your mind,
"Who are you really, wanderer?"
and the answer you have to give
no matter how dark and cold
the world around you is:
"Maybe I'm a king."
- William Stafford
(via Whiskey River)
The plastic statue of the Virgin
On top of a bedroom dresser
With a blackened mirror
From a bad-dream grooming salon.
Two pebbles from the grave of a rock star,
A small, grinning windup monkey,
A bronze Egyptian coin
And a red movie-ticket stub.
A splotch of sunlight on the framed
Communion photograph of a boy
With the eyes of someone
Who will drown in a lake real soon.
An altar dignifying the god of chance
What is beautiful, it cautions,
Is found accidentally and not sought after.
What is beautiful is easily lost.
~ Charles Simic ~
Tell Me One True Thing
Not your politics, or your science, or your religion
Don't give me your bullshit smiles and
your clever dance moves.
Tell me how you get through a night,
or how you duck angels bearing gifts of pain,
or how you stopped missing your dog.
Tell me about your loneliness,
or your sadness,
or your joy and stillness.
Tell me to the bone.
Tell me one true thing.
A Ritual To Read To Each Other
If you don't know the kind of person I am
and I don't know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.
For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
storming out to play through the broken dike.
And as elephants parade holding each elephant's tail,
but if one wanders the circus won't find the park,
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.
And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should consider--
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.
For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give--yes or no, or maybe--
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
(Beautiful image from jq gaines*)
When all this is over, said the swineherd,
I mean to retire, where
Nobody will have heard about my special skills
And conversation is mainly about the weather.
I intend to learn how to make coffee, as least as well
As the Portuguese lay-sister in the kitchen
And polish the brass fenders every day.
I want to lie awake at night
Listening to cream crawling to the top of the jug
And the water lying soft in the cistern.
I want to see an orchard where the trees grow in straight lines
And the yellow fox finds shelter between the navy-blue trunks,
Where it gets dark early in summer
And the apple-blossom is allowed to wither on the bough.
At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border
This is the field where the battle did not happen,
where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
where no monument stands,
and the only heroic thing is the sky.
Birds fly here without any sound,
unfolding their wings across the open.
No people killed — or were killed — on this ground
hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
that people celebrate it by forgetting its name.
~ William Stafford
The mountains: higher
The sky: bluer
The food: tastier
The coffee: nectar
The people: younger
(and more interesting.)
“Come live here. You would like it.”
Visiting a storied land
Will be nice but,
A man of scant courage
A failed practitioner
I am bound
Hand and foot
Head and heart
To the leafless twisted tree
of my attachments:
What would I be
The Art of Disappearing
When they say Don’t I know you?
When they invite you to the party
remember what parties are like
Someone telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
If they say We should get together
It’s not that you don’t love them anymore.
You’re trying to remember something
too important to forget.
Trees. The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will never be finished.
When someone recognizes you in a grocery store
nod briefly and become a cabbage.
When someone you haven’t seen in ten years
appears at the door,
don’t start singing him all your new songs.
You will never catch up.
Walk around feeling like a leaf.
Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.
By – Naomi Shihab Nye
No one lives his life.
Disguised since childhood,
from voices and fears and little pleasures,
we come of age as masks.
Our true face never speaks.
Somewhere there must be storehouses
where all these lives are laid away
like suits of armor or old carriages
or clothes hanging limply on the walls.
Maybe all paths lead there,
to the repository of unlived things.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
“The Book of Pilgrimage”