Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"...this enormous night"

And because I can’t lift the enormous weight
Of this enormous night from my shoulders
I need help from the six pallbearers of sleep
Who rise out of the slow, vacant shadows
To hoist the body into an empty coffin.
I need their help to fly out of myself.

From "I Need Help" by Edward Hirsch.

Atlas and the Hesperides,  Nicholas Kalmakoff, 1911

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