“And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
from "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver
I appreciate your questionRaymond Carver. I thought
I knew the answer.
You have the answerwhen you find the basic joy
of life and name it.
To feel beloved on this earthis the one precious thing
in all things I have ignored
In reaching out and searchingever searching I skipped around
dove over, and ignored the answer.
I have been beloved on this earthand I have loved deeply. I have
everything I ever wanted.