Wednesday, April 01, 2009

got to pull myself together

Let's capture a city bus
Jump from burning buildings
While a circle of firemen
Catch us in their net

I like that phrase "pull oneself together." There's some image, from some poem, that it reminds me of. A body, though incorporeal if that's not an oxymoron, spreading across the universe.

Exam today. Exams, presentations, every day.

No, the lyrics only sometimes, or tangentially, or uninterpretably, have to do with the actual post.
  • A to Z, Darren Hanlon


ginny said...

Oh, I think I have the poem! Donne, from "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning": Our two souls therefore, which are one, / Though I must go, endure not yet /A breach, but an expansion, / Like gold to aery thinness beat." Which is also quite similar to "The Ectasy": "As, 'twixt two equal armies, Fate/Suspends uncertain victory,/Our souls—which to advance their state,/Were gone out—hung 'twixt her and me./And whilst our souls negotiate there,/ We like sepulchral statues lay;/All day, the same our postures were,/And we said nothing, all the day."

Incidentally, he also uses the beaten gold metaphor for the soul in his treatise on suicide. I'll reply to your e-mail later today!

Jamie said...

I love that Donne poem, Ginny. I remember reading it for English class in high school and weeping.

Beaten Gold! Wha'?

I use the phrase "pull myself together" every morning. As I take my anti-depressant. And I tell my cats "This is how I pull myself together. This is what enables your mommy to provide for you."

Yes. It is a sad life.

Carrie said...

it was a prose poem, translated from french. i've been looking for it. i might have it in new orleans. it's short, as many prose poems are.

i tell my antidepressant "i hate you" every morning. puts it in its place.