Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Be Kinder to Yourself

For The Dead

I dreamed I called you on the telephone
to say: Be kinder to yourself
but you were sick and would not answer

The waste of my love goes on this way
trying to save you from yourself

I have always wondered about the left-over
energy, the way water goes rushing down a hill
long after the rains have stopped

or the fire you want to go to bed from
but cannot leave, burning-down but not burnt-down
the red coals more extreme, more curious
in their flashing and dying
than you wish they were
sitting long after midnight

— Adrienne Rich
"My stories are a mix of fairytale and autobiography, and my aim in all my work is to communicate my belief that the world is a magical place.” -- David Lucas


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