Notional Mess

readings and writings, by fojee

Forget the suffering
You caused others.
Forget the suffering
Others caused you.
The waters run and run,
Springs sparkle and are done,
You walk the earth you are forgetting.

Sometimes you hear a distant refrain.
What does it mean, you ask, who is singing?
A childlike sun grows warm.
A grandson and a great-grandson are born.
You are led by the hand once again.

The names of the rivers remain with you.
How endless those rivers seem!
Your fields lie fallow,
The city towers are not as they were.
You stand at the threshold mute.

– Czeslaw Milosz, “Forget” (via heteroglossia)

“Plenty and peace breeds cowards; hardness ever of hardiness is mother.”

– William Shakespeare, “Cymbeline”

“When any space is bought, even if only temporarily, it changes to fit its sponsors. And the more previously public spaces are sold to corporations or branded by them, the more we as citizens are forced to play by corporate rules to access our own culture.”

– Naomi Klein, “No Logo”

“she is aware, of course, that there are many unpleasant things in the notebooks — days of dissatisfaction, quarrels, even boredom. but that is not what counts. she has no desire to turn the past into poetry, she wants to give the past back its lost body. she is not compelled by a desire for beauty, she is compelled by a desire for life.”

– the book of laughter and forgetting, milan kundera (via commovente)