Nah ist und schwer zu fassen der Gott.
Wo aber Gefahr ist, wächst das Rettende auch.” “Near and hard to grasp Is the God.
But where danger is deliverance also grows” ― Friedrich Hölderlin These are the opening verses of Hölderlin's celebrated long poem Patmos. Martin Heidegger has written a commentary on it. They have accompanied me for many years and I have kept coming back to them. There is a koan-like quality to them that defies intellectual understanding. It needs to be