Friday, April 1, 2016

PRESENTS By Norman MacCaig

 I give you an emptiness,
I give you a plentitude,
Unwrap them carefully.
--One’s as fragile as the other—
And when you thank me
I’ll pretend not to notice the doubt in your voice
When you say they’re just what you wanted.

Put them on a table by your bed.
When you wake in the morning
They’ll have gone through
The door of sleep into your head.
Wherever you go, they’ll go with you and
Wherever you are you’ll wonder,
Smiling about the fullness you can’t add to
And the emptiness that you can fill.
O’Donohue, J.  (1997). Anam cara: A book of Celtic wisdom.  New York, NY: Harper/Collins.

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