I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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It’s good that the world has more beauty
than it needs. It’s good to walk into
the smooth Catskill night and discover
that the night has no edges, no sympathy,
no grievance against me, that any place I step
will hold me firm, not like a lover,
not like a child. It’s good to be a child,
and then for years to be something else,
and then something else. It’s a hard world
but the rain is persistent, the deer
are quiet and discreet, and for ages now
the trees have known how to dream their way up.
A man with a pack on his shoulder
saunters down the path below me, knowing
the lights he sees ahead are burning for him.