Twilight Dance

by Peter Saint-Andre

Life and Wisdom are the loves I choose between:
Life I want since I feel ardor and desire;
Wisdom's what I crave because I dare to know.
    Yes, I like them both!

These two loves of mine are very much alike:
Fickle, wicked, mocking, coy, unconquered, cruel —
Fountains of delight and showers of distress
    To my highest hope.

Through my will, I come to overcome this choice:
I alone command a drive to go beyond
What I am, and thus to live the life that I
    Most would love to know.

(Thus Spoke Zarathustra, "The Dance Song", "Of Involuntary Bliss", "Of Old and New Law-Tables", "The Second Dance Song")

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