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When I hear the sitar give out the story of its life, I know it is telling me how to behave—while kissing The dear one’s feet, to weep over my wasted life. Robert, this poem will soon be over; and you Are like a twig trembling on the lip of the falls. Like a note of music, you are about to become nothing. 53 Listening to Old Music The Rudra Vina I don’t know what would bring me closer to you. Maybe slowing down this music, maybe waking In the middle of the night, maybe diving for the bottom. Maybe silence.

Let’s give up the notion that great music is a way Of praising human beings. It’s good to agree that one drop Of ocean water holds all of Kierkegaard’s prayers. When I hear the sitar give out the story of its life, I know it is telling me how to behave—while kissing The dear one’s feet, to weep over my wasted life. Robert, this poem will soon be over; and you Are like a twig trembling on the lip of the falls. Like a note of music, you are about to become nothing. 53 Listening to Old Music The Rudra Vina I don’t know what would bring me closer to you.

It’s all right if the boat I love never reaches shore. If we’re already so close to death, why should we complain? Robert, you’ve climbed so many trees to reach the nests. It’s all right if you grow your wings on the way down. 23 Tightening the Cinch Hurry, for the horses are galloping along the road. Our death is being saddled now. They are tightening the cinch. ” Come, only a moment is left, the sun is touching The sea at Point Lobos; those waves that Jeffers knew Will soon wear the Lincolnish coats of night!

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