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The final shadow

Octavio Paz

The final shadow may close my eyes, carry me off from white of day, unchaining my soul at the hour of its anxious obsequious desire. but it will not leave the memory of that other shore where it once burned, for my fire can swim me through the frigid water, regardless of the strictures of law. A soul which once imprisoned an entire God, veins that brought fuel to such flames, marrow that so gloriously burned: they’ll leave this body, but not its cares; ash they’ll be, yet still aware; they will be dust, but dust in love.


I’m a student and teacher of people-first growth. Having spent the major part of the last two decades building weird businesses that tried to be good for humans, I'm now working privately on a few experimental projects and cultivating this little digital space of mine.

If you're new here, I'm working on my second book, People-First Growth (slowly, slowly said the sloth), and I’m sharing what I learn in my newsletter. If you geek out on digital gardening, I share mine publicly on Roam. You can say hi on Twitter or by email.

You can also read my first book, Gather the People, originally released in 2015 and updated in 2020 (what a year for a book release). It's a human approach to marketing for people who would rather make what they love than persuade people to buy it. If that's you, I hope it helps.