Here at the end of summer
the heart talks to itself,
a thin stream braiding
over a lip of rock.
To go through a wall, then another -
galleries of silent, stone-ground light.
To go through, to that third room on the other side,
to empty the forest of your thoughts, the forest of your lungs,
this is where the heart goes in late summer,
the empty forest. Even the sunlight is alone.
In the third room, the heart sits on the floor
talking to itself. A little stream,
braiding over a lip of rock.
It is saying what it has said
from the beginning, no doors, no windows,
if anyone could hear.
- Jan Zwicky
Beethoven: Op 127, Adagio
Songs for Relinquishing the Earth