Posts Tagged ‘solitude’

Spirits of the Dead

October 20, 2014


Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead who stood
In life before thee are again
In death around thee—and their will
Shall overshadow thee: be still.

From “Spirits of the Dead” by Edgar Allan Poe via The Poetry Foundation.


July 6, 2014

“I need to be alone for certain periods of time or I violate my own rhythm.”

Lee Krasner (1908-1984), via la douleur exquise.

St Oswald’s in the evening

November 14, 2010

Mine own.


June 22, 2010

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away…and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. [B]e happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.”

[Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet]

In Durham, I’ll have this.

May 25, 2010

—.atomic turquoise.—