Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.

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2 comments:

positively present said...

This is a very moving post. I really related to it and found that it was beautifully written. Thank you for sharing it.

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April 27, 2009 at 9:06 AM
Dorothy L said...

A very warm and touching poem too match an exquisite photo.
Thank you so much for sharing!

April 27, 2009 at 4:39 PM
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