Clear water for the well must first run fast like you, it rushes, stumbles over boulders in the way tin cans rusted weeds and roots rotting under broken bridges failed dams flooded your obstacles thickly mud-filled darkened In stagnation you sink surprised by the lotus before the flow downstream swept clean under the sun clear water arrives stilled where you’ve stopped on the bank to see.
gathers our wishes
to shine as billions of hopes
in the black sky,
forming paths of light
from our longings.
What set stars ablaze
set us afire as well,
born, as we were,
in nebula nurseries.
draw upward our gaze,
of planets grown full and massive,
dying yet deathless gaseous energy
we were released, transformed.
We have long forgotten
the super nova of numberless explosions,
how we floated on helium
settling as electrified dust sparking, fiery
Earth, isn’t this what you want? To arise in us, invisible?
Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly
there’s nothing left outside us to see?
What, if not transformation
is your deepest purpose? Earth, my love,
I want it too.. Believe me,
no more of your springtimes are needed
to win me over—even one flower
is more than enough. Before I was named
I belonged to you. I see no other law
but yours, and know I can trust
the death you will bring.
See, I live. On what?
Childhood and future are equally present.
Sheer abundance of being
floods my heart.
from the Ninth Duino Elegy