“one who knows distances
out to the outermost star
is astonished when he discovers
the magnificent space in your hearts.
how, in the crowd, can you spare it?
you, full of sources and night.”
“it is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
#antoine de saint-exupéry
“here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)”
“you who let yourselves feel: enter the breathing
that is more than your own.
let it brush your cheeks
as it divides and rejoins beside you.
blessed ones, whole ones,
you where the heart begins:
you are the bow that shoots the arrows
and you are the target.
fear not the pain. let its weight fall back
into the earth;
for heavy are the mountains, heavy the seas.
the trees you planted in childhood have grown
too heavy. you cannot bring them along.
give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold.”
“when a man leaves home, he leaves behind some scrap of his heart… it’s the same with a place a man is going to. only then he sends a scrap of his heart ahead.”
“stay with God!
take heart. don’t quit.
i’ll say it again:
stay with God.”
“better [my heart] live with the spine-chilling stars
than with the pretense of some protection hovering near.”