Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark | Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Excerpted from Ha Jin's beautiful and complex book, A Free Life.



In the late afternoon a chorus of birds drifts
and sways a boat brimming with hopes,
forgotten but still floating in the bay.
if your heart is full of longing for
a distant trip, it’s time to go.
you must set out alone—
expect no company but stars.

In the early twilight golden clouds billow,
suggesting a harvest, remote yet plausible.
perhaps your soul is suddenly seized
by a melody that brings back
a promise never fulfilled,
or a love that blossoms only in thought,
or a house, partly built,

If you want to sing,
sing clearly.
let grief embolden your song.

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