September 07, 2007

A Fair Heart

This scale decides the fates of men: the feather
on one side, the heart on the other.

It is plain that for this man his heart was found wanting.
He will sink endlessly, his heavy heart devoured.

Ah, and the wastrel, whose heart has floated, lighter than
feathers, in pools of wine! His heart, too, will be swallowed up.

But this man, who has breathed free and deeply,
will share the fields of rushes with gods.


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