Reading SJP requires an extreme effort of focus, painstaking re-reading. If you don’t make the effort, you get absolutely nothing out of it. There’s no “take away.” It’s an experience that takes you away, to a place of nobility, confidence, joy, wholeness, health.
Open, open to the sea-wind our jars of fragrant herbs! Fleecy plants thrive on the headlands and in the drifts of small shells. Blue monkeys, stuffed with prickly figs, come down the red rocks. And the man who cuts an offering bowl out of rock-crystal yields up his offering to the flaming sea.
In vain the surrounding land traces for us its narrow confines. One same wave throughout the world, one same wave since Troy.