Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Encounter" -- by Czeslaw Milosz

We were riding through frozen fields in a wagon at dawn.
A red wing rose in the darkness.

And suddenly a hare ran across the road.
One of us pointed to it with his hand.

That was long ago.Today neither of them is alive,
Not the hare, nor the man who made the gesture.

O my love, where are they, where are they going
The flash of a hand, streak of movement, rustle of pebbles.
I ask not out of sorrow, but in wonder.

Czeslaw Milosz

This poem blasts consciousness apart -- into constituent "molecules" of experience and memory. And then reassembles it as a timeless moment, as a depth of contemplative being. That might sound like a bit too much from me. But I stand by it. This poem is remarkable.

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