this huge passion


This fullness that is emptiness
This hunger that is food;
This union, solitariness,
This wild air, this warm blood;
This poverty, and rich sensation,
This haste, this slow growing,
True marriage, separation,
All-knowing that is not-knowing;

Late fulfillment, early death,
This huge passion, this small breath.

May Sarton

May Sarton Collected Poems (1930 – 1993)
W.W. Norton & Co.

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