“I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.”
“I beg you, to have patience with everything
unresolved in your heart
and to try to love the questions themselves
as if they were locked rooms
or books written in a very foreign language.
Don’t search for the answers,
which could not be given to you now,
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future,
you will gradually, without even noticing it,
live your way into the answer.”
“To love is good, too: love being difficult.
For one human being to love another:
that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks,
the ultimate, the last test and proof,
the work for which all other work
is but preparation.”
“We need, in love, to practice only this:
letting each other go.
For holding on comes easily;
we do not need to learn it.”
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2020
“Do not assume that he who seeks to comfort you now,
lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words
that sometimes do you good.
His life may also have much sadness and difficulty,
that remains far beyond yours.
Were it otherwise,
he would never have been able to find these words.”
“It is spring again.
The earth is like a child
that knows poems by heart.”