Old Manuscript by Alfred Kreymborg


The sky
is that beautiful old parchment
in which the sun
and the moon
keep their diary.
To read it all,
one must be a linguist
more learned than Father Wisdom;
and a visionary
more clairvoyant than Mother Dream.
But to feel it,
one must be an apostle:
one who is more than intimate
in having been, always,
the only confidant –
like the earth
or the sea.



Alfred Kreymborg, 1883 – 1966


Photograph Starry Night at La Silla, European Southern Observatory.

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