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Kaufman, S. (1977). Acceptance. Am. J. Psychoanal., 37(4):352-352.

(1977). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 37(4):352-352


Samuel Kaufman

Not to push the days, the seasons,

Not to strain for tomorrow.

Let be.

What if this were the end?

From the fancied gasping plunge in the void

Turn with relief

To a leaf,

To a flower or a bird,

To anything that is and is not naught,

And note how even the gloom

Of that lowering cloud

Brings out and deepens

The colors of the world,

Colors unburdened and freed

From the flattening stress

Of excessive glare.

Not for me the labored pretense

Of eternal optimism,

Of perpetual looking forward

With unwearied eagerness.

Now is all that is left

From all the pregnant futures

Of the immemorial past.

Now is it—or never.

Now is the greenery of trees

And laughing girls and bees,

The pain of scars and of memories.

Now is to hold and to savor.

Such as it is, look,

Look your fill and hark

Before the screen goes dark.

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