LOVE DOES THAT
All day long a little burro labors, sometimes
with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries
about things that bother only
And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting
than physical labor.
Once in a while a kind monk comes
to her stable and brings
a pear, but more
he looks into the burro’s eyes and touches her ears
and for a few seconds the burro is free
and even seems to laugh,
because love does
— Meister Eckhart, the 14th Century mystic.
Each day we die a little more;
Stale custom takes its toll:
It is the unexpected thing
That brings life to the soul.
~ Harry Kemp, poet of the dunes