René Daumal: Poem

Kirsten over at Green Girl sent me the most wonderful poem this week. It was written by the early-20th-century poet René Daumal and is titled simply Poem. I want to print this out and have it next to me at all times.

René Daumal: Poem

One cannot stay on the summit forever -
One has to come down again.
So why bother in the first place? Just this.
What is above knows what is below -
But what is below does not know what is above

One climb, one sees-
One descends and sees no longer
But one has seen!

There is an art of conducting one’s self in
The lower regions by the memory of
What one saw higher up.

When one can no longer see,
One does at least still know.

As also pointed out, Monsieur Daumal wrote a book entitled “Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing” which sounds … well … I don’t even know.