“The warmth of one’s body is a form of communication.  …I have a tendency when I’m walking in the garden to brush the flowers as I go by.  …I strongly identify with Henry James when he wrote, in answer to a letter asking him what compelled him to write, ‘The port from which I set out was, I think, that of the essential loneliness of my life.’  One of the great satisfactions of the human spirit is to feel that one’s feeling extends… to everything that lives.  I feel I’m not only sharing the planet, but also sharing my life.”

–Stanley Kunitz, The Wild Braid


for a split second today

i was

the world’s smartest human.

i was


in a perfect world.