Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stephen Levine: "Half Life"

We walk through half our life
as if it were a fever dream
barely touching the ground
our eyes half open
our heart half closed.

Not half knowing who we are
we watch the ghost of us drift
from room to room
through friends and lovers
never quite as real as advertised.

Not saying half we mean
or meaning half we say
we dream ourselves
from birth to birth
seeking some true self.

Until the fever breaks
and the heart can not abide
a moment longer
as the rest of us awakens,
summoned from the dream,
not half caring for anything but love.

"Half Life" by Stephen Levine, from Breaking the Drought: Visions of Grace. © Larson Publications, 2007.

Image credit: Detail from untitled abstract painting by Jean Theobald Jacus, 1924 (originally color).

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