“The Answer”    Know that however ugly the parts appear    the whole remains beautiful. A severed hand    Is an ugly thing, and man dissevered from the earth and stars    and his history... for contemplation or in fact...    Often appears atrociously ugly.    Integrity is wholeness    the greatest beauty is Organic wholeness    the wholeness of life and things    the divine beauty of the universe.    Love that, not man apart from that    or else you will share man's pitiful confusions    or drown in despair when his days darken.

“The Answer”

Know that however ugly the parts appear

the whole remains beautiful. A severed hand

Is an ugly thing, and man dissevered from the earth and stars

and his history... for contemplation or in fact...

Often appears atrociously ugly.

Integrity is wholeness

the greatest beauty is Organic wholeness

the wholeness of life and things

the divine beauty of the universe.

Love that, not man apart from that

or else you will share man's pitiful confusions

or drown in despair when his days darken.

Robinson Jeffers, 1936