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the descent

March 13, 2010
The descent beckons
              as the ascent beckoned.
                               Memory is a kind
of accomplishment,
              a sort of renewal
                               even
an initiation, since the spaces it opens are new places
              inhabited by hordes
                               heretofore unrealized,
of new kinds—
              since their movements
                               are toward new objectives
(even though formerly they were abandoned).

No defeat is made up entirely of defeat—since
the world it opens is always a place
              formerly
                               unsuspected. A
world lost,
              a world unsuspected,
                               beckons to new places
and no whiteness (lost) is so white as the memory
of whiteness     .

With evening, love wakens
              though its shadows
                               which are alive by reason
of the sun shining—
              grow sleepy now and drop away
                               from desire     .

Love without shadows stirs now
              beginning to awaken
                               as night
advances.

The descent
              made up of despairs
                               and without accomplishment
realizes a new awakening:
                               which is a reversal
of despair.
              For what we cannot accomplish, what
is denied to love,
              what we have lost in the anticipation—
                               a descent follows,
endless and indestructible     .


William Carlos Williams
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  1. March 13, 2010 3:18 pm

    It was my lot, and easily given,
    to lose the habit of being a man.
    To lose the habit of living,
    I needed only death with murder.

    I find it hardest to lose the habit of wolves.
    they are alone and on the snow.
    Surely I must lose the habit of loneliness.
    Surely I must lose the habit of snow.

    For what remains, time departs, time returns.

    Nichita Stanescu (from The Keynote)

    tr. by Thomas Carlson and Vasile Poenaru

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