October 27th, 2008

The Holy Longing

Tell a wise person, or else keep silent,
because the massman will mock it right way.
I praise what is truly alive,
what longs to be burned to death.

In the calm water of the love-nights,
where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
a strange feeling comes over you
when you see the silent candle burning.

Now you are no longer caught
in the obsession with darkness,
and a desire for higher love-making
sweeps you upward.

Distance does not make you falter,
now, arriving in magic, flying,
and, finally, insane for the light,
you are the butterfly and you are gone.

And so long as you haven’t experienced
this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest
on the dark earth.

— Goethe

1 Response to 'The Holy Longing'
Filed Under: Poetry
  1. Martin remarks:

    Motherfucker. OK, now I’m going to finish my gin and tonic. Thanks Fredrick.

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:41 am

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