POEMS: “INNOCENCE”

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INNOCENCE

My gaze is clear as a sunflower.

My way is to walk the roads

Looking right and left

And sometimes looking behind me…

What I see at each moment

Is that which I never

Caught sight of before.

I have the knack of full awareness
The knack of essential astonishment
That an infant might experience
If at birth he were aware
That he was actually born!
I feel myself born at each moment
Into the everlasting newness
of the world.

I believe in the world
As I believe in a daisy
Because I see it.
But I do not think about it
Because to think is to not-understand.
The world was not made
For us to think about it
(To think is to have sick vision)
But for us to look at it and assent.

I have no philosophy: I have senses …
If I talk of nature, that is not because
I know what nature is
But because I love it, and love is for this only:
For he who loves never knows what he loves
Or why he loves, or what love is.

Loving is eternal innocence
And the only innocence is not-thinking.

Fernando Pessoa
from The Keeper of the Flocks
translated by Thomas Merton

via: http://www.beingsilentlydrawn.com/

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