Tomorrow when the farm boys find this
freak of nature, they will wrap his body
in newspaper and carry him to the museum.
But tonight he is alive and in the north
field with his mother. It is a perfect
summer evening: the moon rising over
the orchard, the wind in the grass. And
as he stares into the sky, there are
twice as many stars as usual.

Laura Gilpin

I feel like I'm floating in plasma I
need a teacher or a lover I need someone
to risk being involved with me. I am so
vain and I am so masochistic. How can they

Francesca Woodman, journal entry

But the suffering is there, continuous,
haunting, like an infection. No relief. A
few hours of peace, and then the gnawing
begins again.

Anais Nin

An old silent pond
A frog jumps into the pond—
Splash! Silence again.

Matsuo Bashō

Autumn moonlight—
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.

Matsuo Bashō

Lightning flash—
what I thought were faces
are plumes of pampas grass.

Matsuo Bashō

The light of a candle
Is transferred to another candle—
Spring twilight

Yosa Buson

Over the wintry
Forest, winds howl in rage
With no leaves to blow.

Natsume Sōseki

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Ezra Pound

life's little, our heads
sad. Redeemed and wasting clay
this chance. Be of use.

Ravi Shankar

take me back