Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For no other reason

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You don’t need a reason to canoe in Indonesia.
Getting upriver is enough. What might become
an unexpected turn is merely a throughway to
the next moment and that is all you need to know.

Life isn’t anything like this. It is what you can neither
imagine nor expect to imagine. What slips by on the
banks matters only for the time it is passing off the side
of your seeing, and for maybe some moments afterward.

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Omens and portents, indications and conclusions, rise
like equatorial weather to evaporate into forgetting.
As everything in your small boat becomes what navigates
you to the next star, one learns the nature of necessity.

Canoes matter more than reasons and reasons may
just compromise your canoe. One might do better
with both or neither. Sometimes you have to get out
and walk for no other reason than to get out of the boat.

Joseph Gallo
March 22, 2012


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