A Farewell by David Ferry (1924-)

A Farewell

Let the day fall like light out of the eye.

Out of the ear let its music go.  From the touch

Let the touching of air retire.  Remain in the dark,

Dumbly remain in the dark.  What will they know

Of you then, or want, when, then, in the dark you remain?

Knowledge began with the pressure of light on the eye,

And the ear spun out of thin air its airy tune.

Let no vein flutter or flicker to signal the blood’s

All but imperceptible errand.  Does the skin                 

Shudder or shiver at all at least conjunction?

Shrink, then, into your dark, be locked up in yourself,

Shadow of shadow be in your nothing dark,

Oh be keep to yourself, be close, be moat, be wall

All dark. Hush. Hear hush. Vanish. Know nothing.

How then will the day light knock at the lid in vain!


~ David Ferry. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ferry_(poet)

Footnote: This poem was brought to my attention by my poet friend Shradha…thanks mon.

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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