The best reason for disbelieving in God is that he never gave us enough time in life to pursue enough knowledge to find sufficient truth. ― Alexander Theroux, Darconville’s Cat. (Holt Paperbacks, April 15, 1996) Originally published April 1981.
As easily as trees have dropped Their leaves, so easily a man, So unreluctantly, might drop All rags, ambitions, and regrets Today and lie with leaves in sun. So he might sleep while they began, Falling or blown, to cover him. — Robert Francis, “As Easily As Trees,” The Sound I Listened For (Macmillan, 1944)
Teach me to hear mermaids singing… — John Donne, from “Song: Go and Catch a Star,” The Songs and Sonnets of John Donne. (Harvard University Press; New edition edition, April 20, 2009) Originally published 1633.
The sounds of rain on the roof Are like the sound of doves. It is long since there have been doves On any house of mine. It is better for me In the rushes of autumn wind To embrace autumn, without turning To remember summer. Besides, the world is a tower. Its winds are blue.… Continue reading Wallace Stevens
Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed — Sylvia Plath, from “I am Vertical,” The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath, edited by Ted Hughes. (Turtleback Books December 25th 1981) Originally published 1981.