Tuesday, December 20, 2016

off they went together

They made no sound, no shriek, no Whoo!
- off on a long-forgotten journey.
- The adventure's miniature and ancient:
collaboration thought up by a child.
But they obliged, and off they went together.
The owl's claws lock deep in the rabbit's fur,
and the owl seated
a little sideways, his mind on something else

(Elizabeth Bishop, The Owl's Journey, from Poems: Elizabeth Bishop, 2011, ed. Saskia Hamilton)

In his mind's eye he saw the events he had experienced; he saw the new deed through which his soul had suffered.

(Stefan Żeromski, The Faithful River, 1912, tr. Bill Johnston)

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