Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Sum and the Lack

The Sum and the Lack

What you know, what you can do, who you are
—all of this you bring to each moment
that will be born, with you and without you.

And what you don’t know, can’t do, are not
and never have been—this, too,
a far larger plenty, is what you bring.

And both—the sum and the lack—
are necessary, both are absolutely vital.

The attention that focuses what exists,
the opening that enlarges what exists
by receiving news outside itself—

One carves a door, the best door
that can be shaped to present circumstances,
the other makes a space in which
the door can swing, inward and outward.

In this way the event may arrive.

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