Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

one more - the one I was looking for -

Who could have known that when I woke up this morning, today would be William Stafford Day?   Life is like that, a continual play.


An Afternoon in the Stacks

 

Closing the book, I find I have left my head
inside. It is dark in here, but the chapters open
their beautiful spaces and give a rustling sound,
words adjusting themselves to their meaning.
Long passages open at successive pages. An echo,
continuous from the title onward, hums
behind me. From in here the world looms,
a jungle redeemed by these linked sentences
carved out when an author traveled and a reader
kept the way open. When this book ends
I will pull it inside-out like a sock
and throw it back in the library. But the rumor
of it will haunt all that follows in my life.
A candleflame in Tibet leans when I move.

 

          - William Stafford

 


 


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