Friday, June 30, 2017

hot and cold

I live, I die, I burn, I freeze
I'm hot while I endure the cold
Life's too much hardness, too much ease
My joy and worries interfold
At once I laugh and I'm in tears
In pain in pleasure I've long been
My good goes off and lasts for years
At once I dry up and I'm green
So jerkily love leads me on
And when I think I'll have more stress
I find myself without a trace
Then when I feel my pain is gone
And at the peak of happiness
It's back to my unhappy place

Louise LabĂ© (1526–1565)

Monday, June 19, 2017


would that all of us played prophets
meditating on our parts
irrigating lands of promise
with a flood of melting hearts