It costs so much to be
a full human being
that there are very few
who have the enlightenment or the courage to pay the price.
One has to abandon altogether
the search for security
and reach out to the risk of living
with both arms.
One has to embrace the world like a lover.
One has to accept pain
as a condition of existence.
One has to court doubt and darkness
as the cost of knowing.
One needs a stubborn will in conflict,
but apt always to total acceptance
of every consequence
of living and dying.
1916 - 1999