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Our sunday poem is by Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz:

Caspar David Friedrich,The word Faith means when someone sees
A dew drop or a floating leaf, and knows
That they are, because they have to be.
And even if you dreamed, or closed your eyes
And wished, the world would still be what it is,
And the leaf would still be carried down the river.

It means that when someone’s foot is hurt
By a sharp rock, he also knows that rocks
Are there so they can hurt our feet.
Look, see the long shadow cast by the tree;
And flowers and people throw shadows on the earth:
What has no shadow has no strength to live.

source: Bly, R., Hillman, J., & Meade, M. (1992) (eds). The rag and bone shop of the heart: poems for men. HarperCollins, p.275. image: “The wanderer above a sea of fog” by the German painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840).

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