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    Ash-Wednesday

    As the 13th approaches, I thought to share just a bit of this poem:

    Because I do not hope to turn again
    Because I do not hope
    Because I do not hope to turn
    Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
    I no longer strive to strive towards such things
    (Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?)
    Why should I mourn
    The vanished power of the usual reign?

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    And pray to God to have mercy upon us
    And pray that I may forget
    These matters that with myself I too much discuss
    Too much explain
    Because I do not hope to turn again
    Let these words answer
    For what is done, not to be done again
    May the judgement not be too heavy upon us

    T.S. Eliot, Ash-Wednesday

    http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/748/
    "We do not talk - we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests."

    Henry Miller

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    This poem was written 2-3 years after Eliot's conversion to the Church of England. While it captures, for me, an individual's move toward faith and personal redemption, there's an uneasiness in that movement that I find intriguing and relate to on a personal level. The speaker seems to struggle to surrender to faith, and cannot say but that he might not "turn again."
    Last edited by dfwtinman; 02-12-2013 at 10:38 PM.
    "We do not talk - we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests."

    Henry Miller

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