Lightly Child, Lightly

This day of mine
was lost
like all the other days,
half of it thinking of yesterday,
half of it thinking of tomorrow.

Abbas Kiarostami, A Wolf Lying in Wait: Selected Poems, (tr. by Karim Emami & Michael Beard)


  • Portrait of Abbas Kiarostami in Cinematheque
  • Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. I didn’t know Kiarostami was a poet too.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  2. missing the present in the equation

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  3. You got one eye on the past, another on the future, and you will surely, miss out, on the now.

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  4. Short and powerful.

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  5. There’s a lot of truth in that. Don’t we often do that, reminisce and daydream, future and past, losing the “now.” Oh well, tomorrow we can reminisce about how we lost today.

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  6. A gentle reminder about how we expend the most worry on that which we can’t control…today is deserving of more attention..

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  7. We have to make an effort to, at the very least, make one third about today. Baby steps, right?

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  8. Isn’t it ridiculous how difficult it often is to stay in the moment?

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  9. Stepping out of the present. Stepping away from happiness.

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  10. Too true. I have lost years of present days to the future.

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