Friday, June 3, 2011

Dag Hammarskjold-Thus it Was

This is my new favorite poem.  It is from Dag Hammarskjold's "Markings".  I told Emma that if ever there was a poem I would want read at my "transition from this life to the next" party, this would be it.  Hammarskjold's journal entries in this book say nothing about his life's work as a diplomat or the Secretary of the United Nations.  He was a quiet sage, and a true mystic.

Thus it was 

I am being driven forward
Into an unknown land.
The pass grows steeper,
The air colder and sharper.
A wind from my unknown goal
Stirs the strings
Of expectation.

Still the question:
Shall I ever get there?
There where life resounds,
A clear pure note
In the silence.

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