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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