threading a needle

“To live in the past and future is easy. To live in the present is like threading a needle.” 

July 20 10 am

July 20, 10:00 amJuly 20 11 amJuly 20, 11 am

I stop
to think about you, and my mind
at once
like a minnow darts away,
darts
into the shadows, into gleams that fret
unceasing over
the river’s purling and passing.
not for one second
will my self hold still, but wanders
anywhere,
everywhere it can turn. Not you,
it is I am absent.
You are the stream, the fish, the light,
the pulsing shadow,
you the unchanging presence, in whom all
moves and changes.
how can I focus my flickering, perceive
at the fountain’s heart
the sapphire I know is there?
from Flickering Mind by Denise Levertov
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