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If it's true that an old book is a better read ...
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And if it were enough for us The 20 Dec 2014 by Jean Humenry

And if it were enough for us

And if it were enough for us

Like the strings of a cello

To vibrate at the least whisper of a springtime breeze

 

And if it were enough for us

Like the ears of a doe sheltering in the woods

To know how to wait for and listen to silence

 

And if it were enough for us

Like the eyes of a child

To be amazed, dazzled just for a split second

By the improbable trajectory of a shooting star

 

And if it were enough for us

At each dawn, at each twilight moment

Like the wandering poet, to sit down on a stone wall

To get drunk on the smell of new-mown hay

 

And if it were enough for us

To know that our spirit is free

That nothing, no one can keep it captive

That the only barriers are the endlessness of hawthorn hedges

Or of eagle flights above the cliffs

 

And if it were enough for us

To know the happiness of getting lost, of going astray

In the middle of nowhere, in the middle of our dreams

At the outposts of the stars

Holding the hand of our children

Of our simple futures, our hopes

 

And if it were enough for us

To learn how to grasp what’s ephemeral

In a wink, without warning

In a simple wave of a hand

As when one must take leave

Just to pin our moments of happiness

On our lapel, on our memory

 

And if it were enough for us

To take life as it comes

To enjoy peaceful days

To learn how to remain naïve

Far from the shilly-shallying of a world going awry

 

And if it were enough for us

To know that we are simply alive


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