Old men should be explorers,
Here and there does not matter.
  Eliot, 4Q
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  From: Chokh Raj 
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  Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2007 10:22 AM
  Subject: Denise Levertov : The Mystic Road

  The river is within us, the sea is all around us.
                     ~ T.S. Eliot, 'Four Quartets'

  The road leads to the sea.
                      ~ Denise Levertov, 'September 1961'

  September 1961

  This is the year the old ones,
  the old great ones
  leave us alone on the road. 
  The road leads to the sea.
  We have the words in our pockets,
  obscure directions. The old ones
  have taken away the light of their presence,
  we see it moving away over a hill
  off to one side.
  They are not dying,
  they are withdrawn
  into a painful privacy
  learning to live without words.
  E. P. "It looks like dying"-Williams: "I can't
  describe to you what has been
  happening to me"-
  H. D. "unable to speak."
  The darkness
  twists itself in the wind, the stars
  are small, the horizon
  ringed with confused urban light-haze.
  They have told us
  the road leads to the sea,
  and given
  the language into our hands.
  We hear
  our footsteps each time a truck
  has dazzled past us and gone
  leaving us new silence.
  One can't reach
  the sea on this endless
  road to the sea unless
  one turns aside at the end, it seems,
  the owl that silently glides above it
  aslant, back and forth,
  and away into deep woods.
  But for usthe road
  unfurls itself, we count the
  words in our pockets, we wonder
  how it will be without them, we don't
  stop walking, we know
  there is far to go, sometimes
  we think the night wind carries
  a smell of the sea...

                ~ Denise Levertov

  "Like many of the writers of the Beat generation, Levertov shared an interest 
  in Eastern Mysticism and translated Hindu work, In Praise of Krishna: Songs
  from the Bengali." 

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