Autumn by Louise Gluck

“Autumn”
by Louise Glück

The part of life
devoted to contemplation
was at odds with the part
committed to action.

Fall was approaching.
But I remember
it was always approaching
once school ended.

Life, my sister said,
is like a torch passed now
from the body to the mind.
Sadly, she went on, the mind
is not there to receive it.

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