Learning to See

by Peter Saint-Andre

To dance with concepts, words, and life,
    I first must learn to see.
The inability to wait —
    That great vulgarity —
Will blind me to the way things are
    And keep my mind unfree.

I need to let things come to me,
    Maintain my self-control,
Resist mere stimuli, obey
    Inside a higher goal:
To know before I act or judge
    Or grasp with all my soul.

The will that I must cultivate
Is not to will, instead to wait.

(cf. Twilight of the Idols, "What the Germans Lack", ยง6)

Peter Saint-Andre > Writings > Nietzsche