Just as we cannot keep the glance steady for long,

so we cannot keep up happiness for long

nor make the winding down of love

the free gift of thought the earth suspended in its canticle.


We cannot even stand for long

the proportions of silence

when something visits it.

Still less, when nothing visits it.


Man cannot stand man much of the time

nor what it’s not man and yet he can hold up

the limitless weight of all that does not exist.




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