FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rabearivelo's "Reading" from Almost Dreams

"Reading" (from Almost Dreams (Saiky-Nofy)

Do not make noise, do not speak:
Eyes, heart, soul, dreams
will explore a forest...
Secret, perceptible forest:
Forest rustling with silence,
forest where the bird to be trapped has escaped,
the bird to be trapped and made to sing
or made to weep --
made to sing, made to weep
the place of its hatching.
Forest. Bird.
Secret forest, bird hidden
in your hands.

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