"I am going to the inevitable."
Phillip Larkin’s last words
"The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own."
Willa Cather, The Professor’s House
I’m still here alone in the night hours with everyone.
And everything that once was
and unsayable is now
and right here in the room.
Franz Wright, from “Progress”
"Heaven is this moment.
Hell is the burning desire
for this moment to be different.
It’s that simple."
Jeff Foster (via abiding-in-peace)
"May my silences become more accurate."
Theodore Roethke, from “Words for Young Writers,” On Poetry & Craft (Copper Canyon Press, 2001)
"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
"You will exist, right there.
An eternal suspension
Anna Akhmatova, from The Complete Poems
“She said ‘I love you and I want to spend my life with you.’ Then ten days later, we sat in a diner, and she said ‘I don’t want to be with you anymore.”
“What was your happiest moment with her?”
“The happiest times were just little moments of exuberance. Like when she jumped on my back because something swam up against her in the ocean. Or when we danced in the kitchen when the pizza arrived”
"Practice is just hearing, just seeing, just feeling. This is what Christians call the face of God: simply taking in this world as it manifests. We feel our body; we hear the cars and birds. That’s all there is."
Charlotte Joko Beck