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January 20th, 2013

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17.1 Very great leaders in their domains are only known to exist.
       Those next best are loved and praised.
       The lesser are feared and despised.
17.2 Therefore when faith is insufficient
       and there is disbelief,
17.3 it is from the high value placed on words.
       Works are accomplished, tasks are completed,
       and ordinary folk all say
       they are acting spontaneously.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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Czeslaw Milosz - Love

Love

by Czeslaw Milosz

English version by Robert Hass
Original Language Polish

Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills.
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.
Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn't matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn't always understand.


-- from The Collected Poems, by Czeslaw Milosz
Poetry Chaikhana | Czeslaw Milosz - Love

Czeslaw Milosz - On Prayer

On Prayer

by Czeslaw Milosz

English version by Robert Hass
Original Language Polish

You ask me how to pray to someone who is not.
All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge
And walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard,
Above landscapes the color of ripe gold
Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.
That bridge leads to the shore of Reversal
Where everything is just the opposite and the word 'is'
Unveils a meaning we hardly envisioned.
Notice: I say we; there, every one, separately,
Feels compassion for others entangled in the flesh
And knows that if there is no other shore
We will walk that aerial bridge all the same.


-- from New and Collected Poems 1931 - 2001, by Czeslaw Milosz
Poetry Chaikhana | Czeslaw Milosz - On Prayer

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