Denise Levertov


In today’s mail a poem
quotes from Ecclesiastes:
Whatsoever thy hand
findest to do, do it with thy might:
for there is no work,
nor device,
nor knowledge,
nor wisdom,
in the grave, whither thou goest.
A letter with it
discloses, in its words and between them,
a life opening, fearful, fearless,
thousand-eyed, a field
of sparks that move swiftly
in darkness, to and from
a center. He is beginning
to live.
The threat
of world’s end is the old threat.
for the world to come as thou shouldest
die tomorrow’ says
the Book of Delight,
Prepare for this world as thou
shouldst live forever.