Thursday, January 8, 2015

THOSE ORIGINAL SOLITUDES





Those original solitudes, the childhood solitudes, leave indelible marks on certain souls. Their entire life is sensitized for poetic reverie, for a reverie which knows the price of solitude. Childhood knows unhappiness through men. In solitude, it can relax its aches. When the human world leaves him in peace, he feels like the son of the cosmos. And thus, in his solitudes, from the moment he is master of his reveries, the child knows the happiness of dreaming which will later be the happiness of the poets. How is it possible not to feel that there is communication between our solitude as a dreamer and the solitudes of childhood? And it is no accident that, in a tranquil reverie, we often follow the slope that returns us to our childhood reveries.

--Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Reverie

SUNSET LAST NIGHT ON SOLITARY WALK,
DUARTE, CA

2 comments:

  1. Well, this is a form of speech, of course, but I had to register my speechlessness at that. Wow. Thank you, yet again, Heather. I want to memorize that passage and recite it to people sometimes, watching their eyes closely as they long to look at their phones.

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    1. Hi dear Tom! Bachelard has a great book you may know called The Poetics of Space about the little nooks and crannies and nests and drawers where we live, literally and figuratively....Happy 2015, brother.

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