Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Day 390: Reading the Signs

Yes it is so important to be true: to oursleves, to others, and the way. 
(I love nearly all the lines in here that confront this unflinchingly, most especially - 'For it is 
important that awake people be awake.') 
Superb new-find poem! Enjoy. 

A Ritual to Read to Each Other - William Stafford
 If you don't know the kind of person I am
 and I don't know the kind of person you are
 a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
 and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

 For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
 a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
 sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
 storming out to play through the broken dyke.

 And as elephants parade holding each elephant's tail,
 but if one wanders the circus won't find the park,
 I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
 to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

 And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
 a remote important region in all who talk:
 though we could fool each other, we should consider -
 lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

 For it is important that awake people be awake,
 or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
 the signals we give - yes, no, or maybe -
 should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

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