Monday, May 16, 2005

Beginning my Studies
By Walt Whitman
Beginning my studies the first step pleas'd me so much,
The mere fact consciousness, these forms, the power of motion,
The least insect or animal, the senses, eyesight, love,
The first step I say awed me and pleas'd me so much,
I have hardly gone and hardly wish'd to go any farther,
But stop and loiter all the time to sing it in ecstatic songs.

And also:

excerpt from Somewhere I have never travelled
By EE Cummings
...your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers, you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose
or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending...

... (i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

and, just in case you were fooled:

an excerpt from Bodies
By The Smashing Pumpkins
cast the pearls aside, of a simple life of need
come into my life forever
the crumbled cities stand as known
of the sights you have been shown
of the hurt you call your own

love is suicide
love is suicide
love is suicide
love is

In the past four or five days I have read both the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, which I did not enjoy that much, and the Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd, which was written at least 3 times better than the Da Vinci Code. Now I am reading 'the pocket book of modern verse' and a book called 'the global soul' by pico iyer.

That's all for now.
I turn nineteen in 1 week, counting today.

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