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Stanley Kunitz (poem)

Monday, December 02, 2013

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being abides,
from which I struggle not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look before I can gather strength to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling toward the horizon and the slow fires trailing from the abandoned camp-sites, over which the scavenger angels wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind,
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face.
Yet I turn.
I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered and I roamed through the wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice directed me:
-Live in the layers, not on the litter-
Though I lack the art to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter in my book of transformations is already written.
I am not done with my changes.
-Stanley Kunitz

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  • HICKOK-HALEY
    Wow, wonderful writing.
    683 days ago
  • NYX-GRIMALKIN
    emoticon Thank you for peeking in on, The Layers, by Stanley Kunitz. It is my one and only blog left standing (used to blog nearly every day with a "Dear Prudence," Post, but removed all save this) and even though I posted it over 6yrs ago...and he wrote it back in 1998 (I think) isn't it STILL as refreshing and as true to the soul as the words that can STILL *ring* through LIFE. That's what I love about reading: no matter how old, the meaning never fades. emoticon
    687 days ago
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