You must love someone…

winter-solstice

I love this poem. Happy 2019!

 

You must love someone,
even if only grass, river, tree or stone,
on someone’s shoulder you must lay your hand,
so that it gluts its hunger with nearness,
there must, there must be someone.
It is like bread, like a drink of water
to whom you must give your white clouds,
your brave birds of dreams,
your timid birds of despair
– somewhere for them there must be
a nest of peace and tenderness –
you must love someone,
even if only grass, river, tree or stone,
for trees and grass know what loneliness is
for footsteps always pass by
even if for a moment they linger –
for the river knows what sorrow is
it need only brood over its depths –
for the stone knows what pain is
how many heavy feet
have already stomped over its mute heart –

You must love someone,
you must love someone,
walk side by side with someone
on the same path –
oh grass, river, stone, tree,
silent companions of the strange and lonely,
good, great beings,
who begin to speak
only when humans have fallen silent.

Ivan Minatti

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