Rene Daumal

(1908 - 1944 / France)

Last Letter To His Wife

Poem by Rene Daumal

I am dead because I lack desire,
I lack desire because I think I possess.
I think I possess because I do not try to give.
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing:
Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become;
In desiring to become, you begin to live.

Comments about Last Letter To His Wife by Rene Daumal

  • Rene Martin (9/21/2019 1:07:00 PM)

    Exactly 50 years I am thinking about what is coveyed through/in/with this little poem. Paralell with it I find portugese saying (paradox!) : 'Têm-se o que e dado' - 'You have what is given' (meaning: 'that (which) you gave'.)(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (6/12/2014 7:42:00 AM)

    begin to live with desire, you are right to some extent, my dear poet, thanks.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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