The Land That Is Not

I long for the land that is not,
for I am weary of desiring all things that are.
The moon tells me in silver runes
about the land that is not.
The land where all our wishes are wondrously fulfilled,

 the land where all our chains fall away,
the land where we cool our gashed foreheads
in the moon’s dew.

My life was a hot delusion.
But I have found one thing and one thing I have truly gained—

the path to the land that is not.

In the land that is not
my beloved walks with sparkling crown.
Who is my beloved? The night is dark
and the stars tremble in answer.
Who is my beloved? What is his name?
The heavens arch higher and higher,
and a human child drowns in endless mists
and knows no answer.
But a human child is nothing other than certainty.

And it stretches out its arms higher than all heavens.

And there comes an answer: I am the one you love and always
   shall love.



translated by David McDuff