3 Pieces of Gold

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1.  These three pieces are very important to me right now and I wanted to share them and discuss them. Tom Robbins used the “future entering into us” line from Rilke in Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, the title of which he took from Rimbaud as follows:

My day is done: I’m leaving Europe. The marine air will burn my lungs; unknown climates will tan my skin. To swim, trample grass, hunt, and above all, smoke; drink liquors as strong as molten metal— like our cherished ancestors around their fires. I’ll return with iron limbs, dark skin, an imperious gaze: my mask will mark me as member of a powerful race. I’ll have gold: be lazy and merciless. Women pamper fierce invalids returned from hot countries. I’ll enter politics. Saved.

Rimbaud, Arthur (2013-03-27). Rimbaud Complete (Modern Library Classics) (Kindle Locations 3388-3395). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


2.  I wrote a note to myself in May of this year that said; “Isn’t it interesting when a future project requires a certain area of research and you start that research even before you have visualized the project that still lies, apparently inert, in the future?” Then I saw the fragment of this line in Robbins and went to the source:

. . . there are many indications to suggest that the future is entering into us in this manner in order to transform itself within us long before it happens.

Rilke, Rainer Maria (2013-03-13). Letters to a Young Poet (Kindle Locations 581-582). Start Publishing LLC. Kindle Edition.

3. Then I recalled a poem that was greatly loved by my friends Chad and Glover when I was in grad school and it has started to reveal itself to me. When he says “wake or waking” read it as if it is; “I pull my head out of my rear and finally smell the coffee.” Read the word “sleep” in a way that defines sleep as being not fully aware of what you have learned or are in the process of learning. Remember that Goethe said that there is right action, wrong action, and inaction and the only one of the three that will truly sabotage an enterprise is inaction. This helps to read the line; “I learn by going where I have to go.”

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

Roethke, Theodore (2011-12-14). The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke (Kindle Locations 2220-2235). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

As my guru Eyore is wont to say; “Thanks for noticing me.”


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