Saturday, November 21, 2020

Forever Only Once

 
Forever Only Once
  - after Czeslaw Milosz
 
There are things that every person knows
but none can quite express;                                                
not exactly secrets, but
just beyond the edge of language,
just beyond the edge.
 
There is no was or will be
There is only is
It will always be forever
And forever only once
 
Are you lost among your histories,
or only lost in blind confusion?
Following in famous footsteps
leads in circles, endlessly;
draws you closer to the center
of the mediocre,
further from the holy edge,
further from the edge.
 
There is no was or will be
There is only is
It will always be forever
And forever only once

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