Hope is with you when you believe
the earth is not a dream but living flesh,
that sight, touch, and hearing do not lie,
that all things you have ever seen here
are like a garden looked at from a gate.
You cannot enter. But you’re sure it’s there.
Could we but look more clearly and wisely
we might discover somewhere in the garden
a strange new flower and an unnamed star.
Some people say that we should not trust our eyes,
that there is nothing, just a seeming,
there are the ones who have no hope.
They think the moment we turn away,
the world, behind our backs, ceases to exist,
as if snatched up by the hand of thieves.
– Czeslaw Milosz.
“…that there is nothing, just a seeming…” – how I love that line.
Milosz is a genius… now I just need to find a book or seventy of his works so I can read more of his poems. 🙂