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Robert Bly
1926 -

An American poet, author, activist and leader of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement in the United States

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....it is with my body that I love the fields.
As we walk we enter the magnetic fields of other bodies, and every smell we take in the communities of protozoa see; and a being leaps up toward it, as a horse rears at the starting gate, When you and I come near each other, we are drawn down into the sweetest pools of slowly circling energies, slowly circling smells.

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....we can exchange sparks of light with another's eyes when we meet our lover on the dance floor at someone else's wedding.
Our brains then go about warmed and fiery, and with one note they can explode into cello concertos and can imagine the giant blinking at the top of the bean stalk... His barbarous fingers scratching his head.

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And to die, which is the letting go
of the ground we stand on and cling to every day,
is like the swan, when he nervously lets himself down
into the water, which receives him gaily
and which flows joyfully under
and after him, wave after wave,
while the swan, unmoving and marvelously calm,
is pleased to be carried, each moment more fully grown,
more like a king, further and further on.

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And why shouldn't the miraculous,
Caught on this earth, visit
The old man alone in his hut?

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But our gusty emotions say to me that we have
Tasted heaven many times: these delicacies
Are left over from some larger party.

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Don't go outside your house to see flowers. My friend, don't bother with that excursion. Inside your body there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals. That will do for a place to sit. Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty inside the body and out of it, before gardens and after gardens.

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Each seed throws itself out down before the dawn,
And the night opens itself out behind it,
And inside its own center it lives!

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Every modern male has, lying at the bottom of his psyche, a large, primitive being covered with hair down to his feet. Making contact with this Wild Man is the step the Eighties male or the Nineties male has yet to take. That bucketing-out process has yet to begin in our contemporary culture.

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I have risen to a body not yet born, existing like a light around a body through which the body moves like a sliding moon."

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I have wandered in a face, for hours . . ."

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I love you with what in me is unfinished.
I love you with what in me is still
Changing, what has no head or arms
Or legs, what has not found its body.

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I want nothing from You but to see You

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It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions."

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ItÂ’s all right if you grow your wings on the way down.

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So the space between two people diminishes; it grows less and less; no one to weep; they merge at last. The sound that pours from the fingertips awakens clouds of cells far inside the other's body, and beings unknown to us start out on a pilgrimage to their Savior, to their holy place. Their holy place is a small balck stone that they remember from Protozoic times, when it was rolled away from a door.

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Some men live with an invisible limp,
stagger, or drag
a leg. Their sons are often angry.

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The candle is not lit
To give light, but to testify to the night.

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The deeper question about remedies is not whether ancient religious forms can reform and thus provide these remedies, but whether new forms of nature-related spirituality might emerge that cohere with a modern evolutionary/ecological worldview, and could provide a basis for environmental concern and action ... I believe there is strong evidence that such religion is emerging and gathering strength.

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The walnut of my brain glows. I feel it irradiate the skull. I am aware of the consciousness I have, and I mourn the consciousness I do not have.

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This body longs for itself far out at sea, it floats in the black heavens, it is a brilliant being, locked in the prison of human dullness....

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