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13 September 2005 @ 05:51 pm
Today's Ruminations  
Howards End - E. M. Forster
Ch. 27
"No superman ever said 'I want' because 'I want' must lead to the question 'Who am I?' and so to Pity and to Justice. He only says 'want.' 'Want Europe,' if he's Napoleon; 'want wives' if he's Bluebread; 'want Botticelli,' if he's Pierpont Morgan. Never the 'I'; and if you could piece through him, you'd find panic and emptiness in the middle."

superman: from Nietzsche - blind, thrusting individuality that shuns both introspection and human connection
Poetry, WOW!

Eden Rock
-Charles Causley

They are waiting for me somewhere beyond Eden Rock:
My father, twenty-five, in the same suit
Of Genuine Irish Tweed, his terrier Jack
Still two years old and trembling at his feet.

My mother, twenty-three, in a sprigged dress
Drawn at the waist, ribbon in her straw hat,
Has spread the stiff white cloth over the grass.
Her hair, the colour of wheat, takes on the light.

She pours tea from a Thermos, the milk straight
From an old H.P. sauce-bottle, a screw
Of paper for a cork; slowly sets out
The same three plates, the tin cups painted blue.

The sky whitens as if lit by three suns.
My mother shades her eyes and looks my way
Over the drifted stream. My father spins
A stone along the water. Leisurely,
They beckon to me from the other bank.
I hear them call, 'See where the stream-path is!
Crossing is not as hard as you might think.'

I had not thought that it would be like this.
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