Lewis Hyde

Appetites

Sometimes I find I get to thinking of the past, when we swore to each other that our love would last.
You kept right on loving. I went on a fast. Now I am too thin and your love is too vast.
- Leonard Cohen, "Tonight Will Be Fine"
 

Strange Intersections

I went to a funeral last week. As everyone filed out, they played a song I’d never heard called “On Eagle’s Wings.” An older couple behind me sang along, their voices low and close in my ear: “He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn.” The next day I got a voicemail from my mother. She sometimes calls and asks me to look up something on the internet.