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Iron John by Robert Bly
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Feb 07, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: detroit

You've seen a herd of goats
Going down to the water.

The lame and dreamy goat
brings up the rear.

There are worried faces about that one,
but ah, now they're laughing, because look,

as they return,
that goat is the leader!

There are many different kinds of knowing.
The lame goat's kind is a branch
that traces back to the root of Presence.

Learn from the lame goat,
and lead the herd Home.

--from Mathnawi, III, 114-1127
Translated by Coleman Barks
--p 210

I am content to follow to its source
Every event in action of in thought;
Measure the lot; forgive myself the lot!
When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blessed.

--from "A Dialogue of Self and Soul"
by W.B. Yeats
--p 225

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