Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Letter to Ernestina de Champourcin

"Pero llega un momento en que el Todo se esconde
o se nos aparece disfrazado de Nada."
(Ernestina de Champourcin, Carta a Thomas Merton)
Some say that God appears disguised as Nothing
others that everything is nothing in disguise
and a few ones put the blame on Nietzsche

Everything, Nothing, who cares?
it’s the way from one to the other and reverse

the more I look at it
the more real seems to be
the relationship between both

the form of this bottle
and the emptiness it holds

the sediment in the wine
and how slowly it creates
an archipelago in this cup

because at the end of the day
things are just what they are

the half moon in the sky
and the grape seed in my mouth
neither increasing nor decreasing

this voice nothing but an echo
and the whole world speaking

your life just a transient
going down the toilet
if you don’t care

caring is the attribute of gods
and attention creates a world.

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