Friday, August 24, 2007
Don Juan DeMarco
"There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio:
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for?
What is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same: only love."
Life's compass rose has four points true,
Four questions that distill
The breath that animates our lives,
The breeze that sails our will.
What sacred oil illuminates
The darkness here below?
What blessed unguent balms our wounds
And wipes the debts we owe?
What makes men conquer fear and doubt
And rise to face the day,
When all life's joys must disappear,
Like dry leaves blown away?
How is it that a man can choose
To risk his blood and breath,
To fight for where his heart abides
Perhaps to seal his death?
The answer constant, simple, true,
Without, within, above—
As say the many, live the few,
The only word is: love.
© 2007 Jeffrey Hull