theparisreview:

How manynights must it take each one such as me to learnthat we aren’t, after all, madeof the bits of that birdwhich creates itself againin its ashes,that for a manas he goes up in flames his one workis to open himself, to bethe flames?—Galway Kinnell, from “Another Night in the Ruins”Photography Credit Uri Maximilian Korn

theparisreview:

How many
nights must it take each one such as me to learn
that we aren’t, after all, made
of the bits of that bird
which creates itself again
in its ashes,
that for a man
as he goes up in flames his one work
is to open himself, to be
the flames?

Galway Kinnell, from “Another Night in the Ruins”
Photography Credit Uri Maximilian Korn