national poetry month, day 29

This poem reminds me of a line from The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch: “…to hold everything together, in its almost-fittingness…”


[Note: The line structure of this poem appears incorrectly here; the fourth line of each stanza should be indented, but blogger isn’t letting me format today.]


The Three Goals


The first goal is to see the thing itself
in and for itself, to see it simply and clearly
for what it is.
No symbolism, please.


The second goal is to see each individual thing
as unified, as one, with all the other
ten thousand things.
In this regard, a little wine helps a lot.


The third goal is to grasp the first and the second goals,
to see the universal and the particular,
simultaneously.
Regarding this one, call me when you get it.


 – David Budbill

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