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A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.

Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still knows bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved.

~ Viktor Frankl

I remember once I ran after you and tagged the fluttering

shirt of you in the wind.

Once many days ago I drank a glassful of something and

the picture of you shivered and slid on top of the stuff.

And again it was nobody else but you I heard in the

singing voice of a careless humming woman.

One night when I sat with chums telling stories at a

bonfire flickering red embers, in a language its own

talking to a spread of white stars:

It was you that slunk laughing

in the clumsy staggering shadows.

Broken answers of remembrance let me know you are

alive with a peering phantom face behind a doorway

somewhere in the city’s push and fury.

Or under a pack of moss and leaves waiting in silence

under a twist of oaken arms ready as ever to run

away again when I tag the fluttering shirt of you.


Shirt by Carl Sandburg

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