My Dear Other
By William T. Hathaway
Loving the other through mutualities of hurt,
loving the other without understanding the other,
groping in darkness to find the other,
blundering towards and beyond the other,
fleeing at the sight of the other,
escaping from exile to greet the other,
yearning for and recoiling from the other,
two planets swinging in cross-orbit around the sun of our love,
a sudden glimpse and then gone
but ever returning,
Yes, this is our way,
there can be no other.
William T. Hathaway’s books won him a Rinehart Foundation Award and a Fulbright professorship in creative writing. His peace novel, Summer Snow, is the story of an American warrior falling in love with a Sufi Muslim and learning from her that higher consciousness is more effective than violence.