boat of leaves

… and when you find that all this has failed
you and left you alone and adrift in the world as on a boat
of leaves, you will remember this:

The One you are looking for
is not the One

The Way forward
is not the Way

The words which play at the corners of your mouth
can never be sung

The burning restlessness in your breast
does not belong to you

For even now, the One you seek
is stepping softly behind you

The way forward
is returning to the source

The song of Life
can only be sung by the Dead

And your warm animal body
is being sacrificed to the One you desire

Tenderly wrapped on a bed
of fragrant leaves

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