1. Monday, April 11, 2011

    super cool gaucho girl just sent me this poem 

    mysterious lake in downtown LA that no one likes

    “Each Moment a White Bull Steps Shining into the World”

    If the gods bring to you
    a strange and frightening creature,
    accept the gift
    as if it were one you had chosen.

    Say the accustomed prayers,
    oil the hooves well,
    caress the small ears with praise.

    Have the new halter of woven silver
    embedded with jewels.
    Spare no expense, pay what is asked,
    when a gift arrives from the sea.

    Treat it as you yourself
    would be treated,
    brought speechless and naked
    into the court of a king.

    And when the request finally comes,
    do not hesitate even an instant–

    Stroke the white throat,
    the heavy, trembling dewlaps
    you’d come to believe were yours,
    and plunge.

    Not once
    did you enter the pasture
    without pause,
    without yourself trembling,
    That you came to love it, that was the gift.

    Let the envious gods take back what they can.

    — Jane Hirshfield