For the time being

The legend of the Traveler appears in every civilization,
perpetually assuming new forms, afflictions, powers and
symbols. Through every age he walks in utter solitude toward
penance and redemption.

Should I mark more than shining hours?

I have agreed to paint a narrative on the city walls.
I have now been at work many years,
there is so much to be told.

– Evan S. Connell, Jr., Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel.
= Discovered in: Annie Dillard (1999), For the Time Being.

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