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"A strong egoism is a protection against falling ill, but in the last resort we must begin to love in order not to fall ill, and we are bound to fall ill if, in consequence of frustration, we are unable to love.” ― Sigmund Freud, "On Narcissism: An Introduction"
 
 
 

All That Is Due


Sometimes I turn and I see
(just out the corner of my eye)
a trace of the legend
that betrayed us all,
a vibration of a light
disappearing from time if not also space.

Once it surrounded children —
I could see it when they laughed —
but now the atmosphere cannot bear it
it is so fine.

Legends are things we read
(that's what the word means)
but we do not read anymore —
we can only look and stand agape,
reduced to robots that record
the ends of flesh in random electrics
where the zigzag soul spasms
in arms and hands that can't keep up.

Men out West kill themselves
more often than elsewhere in the US
since they hate their bodies
as if they were only themselves,
unable to catch the trace
of the legend,
the vibrating light,
that once upon a time
illumined existence
with serene belonging,
the joy of returning
all that is due.
 
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