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Still Open

There is a bit of the curmudgeonly in this poem.  I like it
just the same, as the saying goes.  Stick with it till the end
and see what you think.

Those final two words — I’m going to emblazon them on my
heart. 
Love, Bethie

When the visitor comes,
Prying, questioning you,
Confess that you collect no stamps,
Take no color photographs,
Raise no cacti.
That you own no house,
No television set,
No room-sized fig tree.
That you do not know
Why you sit down and write,
Grudgingly, since it gives you no pleasure.
That you still have not found the meaning
Of your life, although you are getting old.
That you have loved, but not enough,
That you have fought back, but timidly.
That you have lived in many places,
But can call none of them your home.
That you want to die and are afraid.
That you can set no example except this:
Still open.

Poem entitled: Interview
Selected Later Poems of Marie Luise Kaschnitz
Translated by Lisel Mueller

Still open.

Still open.

Still open.

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Seth: “…the joy and sacredness that you seek is yours and not
outside of you; that there is no being more sacred than yourself; that
there is no being closer to the heart of creativity than yourself, and
no being that was born more faithfully out of the mind of any god than
you were.

I am trying to tell you that if you look inward and study your own
sacredness and creativity and blessedness and joy and power as
closely as you study the sacred books of the gods, then you would
realize that all those books of the gods were based upon the greater
reality of the individual – the individual soul and, therefore,
based upon your own reality.

Do yourselves just honor, and in doing yourselves that honor you will
see within yourself the gods-in-becoming that you are…”

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