excerpt: “Notes to Myself”

                  If I had only . . .
forgotten future greatness
and looked at the green things and the buildings
and reached out to those around me
and smelled the air
and ignored the forms and the self-styled obligations
and heard the rain on the roof
and put my arms around my wife
. . . and it’s not too late

–from Hugh Prather’s Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

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