❝ The philosopher Odo Marquard has noted a correlation in the German language between the word ‘zwei’, which means “two”, and the word ‘zweifel’ which means “doubt” - suggesting that two of anything brings the automatic possibility of uncertainty in our lives. Now imagine a life in which every day a person is presented with not two or even three but a dozen of choices, and you can begin to grasp why the modern world has become, even with all its advantages, a neurosis-generating machine of the highest order. In a world of such abundant possibility, many of us simply go limp with indecision. Or we derail our life’s journey again and again, backing up to try the doors we neglected on the first round, desperate to get it right this time. Or we become compulsive comparers - always comparing our lives against some other person’s life, secretly wondering if we should have taken her path instead. ❞
i’ve seen the universe etched in finger paint,
in acrylics on horsehair;
white ash on black slates,
and black lipgloss on thin mouths.
i’ve seen poets dance in hazy fields,
and mathematicians counter the clouds on a rainy morning;
ten o’clock always suited mid-morning science
about the way the stars are like wheatstock in the sky
& and that foggy minded children
are wild planets in disguise.
❝ Always learn poems by heart," she said. "They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they’ll make your soul impervious to the world’s soft decay. ❞
Janet Fitch, White Oleander