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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Suffering is not bad; it helps you very much. Do you know a novel about happiness? Or a film about happy people? We are a perverse race, only suffering interests us.”

—Gyorgy Faludy

the place where we once had a picnic
is now underwater

that one thick branch
of the shade tree
is now hovering
over the rippling surface

its trunk submerged—
holding its breath
for us

Last updated: August 8, 2023