Today’s poem is from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). It’s not one of his most spectacular works. It’s not even supremely romantic. But I think it’s a sweet and hopeful expression of two souls meeting. There has been no lack of torrid love poems and songs through the ages. Simple yearning is just as deeply felt.
Eyes, tell me, tell me, what you tell me
Telling something all too sweet,
Making music out of beauty,
With a question hidden deep.
Still I think I know your meaning,
There behind your pupils’ brightness,
Love and truth are your heart’s lightness,
That, instead of its own gleaming,
Would so truly like to greet
In a world of dullness, blindness,
One true look of human kindness,
Where two kindred spirits meet.
Surely, the past, present, and future connect in this miraculous state we call life. In this light, history and all human experience are ever-present. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could enjoy each other, if we could appreciate and celebrate our differences? Let us love! Let us have fun. Let us toast each other and wish each other well. Now, in our awareness, is the time to be happy, to do our best, to live fully to our purest, highest standards.