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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:14 am    Post subject: Keeping Things Whole Reply with quote

Keeping Things Whole



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We are reading the story of our lives
as though we were in it,
as though we had written it.
This comes up again and again.
In one of the chapters
I lean back and push the book aside
because the book says
it is what I am doing. . . .

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This morning I woke and believed
there was no more to our lives
than the story of our lives. . . .

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. . . . . . . . . . . .
The book will not survive.
We are the living proof of that.


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The story of the end, of the last word
of the end, when told, is a story that never ends.
We tell it and retell it—one word, then another
until it seems that no last word is possible,
that none would be bearable. Thus, when the hero
of the story says to himself, as to someone far away,
“Forgive them, for they know not what they do,”
we may feel that he is pleading for us, that we are
the secret life of the story and, as long as his plea
is not answered, we shall be spared. So the story
continues. So we continue. And the end, once more,
becomes the next, and the next after that.


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And beyond,
as always, the sea of endless transparence, of utmost
calm, a place of constant beginning that has within it
what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand
has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart.
To that place, to the keeper of that place, I commit myself.



Mark Strand (born April 11, 1934) is an American poet, born in Canada.
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