"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

16 May 2018


Webern’s paradox: spare solitary
elements, yet each wound in the web that’s torn apart,
then stitched, then fused, the gleaming cicatrix
become the very twisting of the thread.
Can one encounter fix the axis of a life?
A single glance, the brush of hands,
an indrawn breath: all specificities
preshadow loss, hold at their centre
absence, empty echo of the ardent voice.
When I have won through to the end, done
with the world, I shall have made it simple,
clear, the infinite variety of circumstance
set to one side so that in this,
my world, there will exist no tragedy.

Jan Zwicky

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