In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it,
I said: "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter-bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."
The Visionary is a leader who foresees and articulates the way forward. His audacious vision, while speculative and impractical, is inspiring. His majestic self-image, though grandiose, is infectious. You may say he's a dreamer, but he's not the only one.
"If I want to walk out in the desert and heat up a can of beans on a fire, I still can. In those movies like Gattaca or whatever, the space age stuff is always all there is. But in the world there is never just one way of living. It's more like a big junkyard. Put it this way: I'm not afraid I'm going to end up on a space station in aluminium-foil underwear." —Tom Waits
"And now the wheels of heaven stop
You feel the devil's riding crop
Get ready for the future:
It is murder." —Leonard Cohen
"The future is like heaven. Everyone exalts it,
but no one wants to go there now." —James Baldwin
A thriving weed behind a dog-proof fence
A writhing dog behind a screen of weeds
The street needs people less and less
Their brave pursuits, their wretched deeds
They think the street is there for them
To bear their feet, to bear them on
"But bear with me," the pavement says
"I'm here at night. I'm here at dawn.
When you are here and when you're gone."
Even in a country that you know by heart
it’s hard to go the same way twice.
The life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.