Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, "Abba, as far as I can I say my little office, I fast a little, I pray and meditate, I live in peace and as far as I can, I purify my thoughts. What else can I do?" Then the old man stood up and stretched his hands towards heaven. His fingers became like ten lamps of fire and he said to him, "If you will, you can become all flame."
~ From The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
I wish I could tell you of what happens
I wish you could hear me
and hearing give me what I want
But I cannot have what I want
And the moth cannot have the moon
~ Poem not by Mary Oliver, but by me