Of Being

by Denise Levertov


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I know this happiness
is provisional:

     the looming presences --
     great suffering, great fear --

     withdraw only
     into peripheral vision:

but ineluctable this shimmering
of wind in the blue leaves:

this flood of stillness
widening the lake of sky:

this need to dance,
this need to kneel:
          this mystery:

-- from Denise Levertov: Selected Poems, by Denise Levertov

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Of Being