Because I’m in the Mood for T.S. Eliot

The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre —
To be redeemed from fire by fire.

Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire.

–From “Little Gidding,” part of The Four Quartets

The other stanzas are at least twice as long. This is the entire fourth stanza. That’s all it needed to be. Check out the way the fifth stanza closes:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

Read the whole thing sometime. I mean, all quartets. It’s powerful; it’s worth it. You’ll see why the man received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Vanishing Points

See those photos, there, from yesterday. I see a series of parallel lines, along the X and Y axes, giving the illusion of a Z. Put something where the lines are wider, it looks closer, and where they narrow, farther away.

Follow the lines, follow the rules.

What if I stood outside of these lines? Would it skew your perspective? Can there be more than one horizon? What if I stood without the convergence, at its very end? What if I withstood it? Could you still see me? Would I disappear?