Monday, January 4, 2010

Keeping Things Whole

It's a meditative poem by Mark Strand.

These lines stood out:

Wherever I am
I am what is missing.


(There are many ways of looking at this, including the more depressing one of "I'm just a space-filler", a collection of atoms interchangeable with those of, say, a warthog, which could also fill in what is missing, as could an intestinal worm or a mudsucker. But I don't get that feeling from this poem. I get the feeling of completion, that we're in this world to help complete things, and what that means may vary from one person to another.)

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