Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fellow Young and Kindred Spirits

So this is a book I purchased earlier this year from a used bookshelf and have cherished it dearly since. It is composed of intimate life revealing letters shared between a older more experienced poet and a younger apprentice poet. The words within seem to hold some mysterious and key power of letting you know everything will be ok. 
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this delight of a book: 

"That is why the young people, who are beginners in everything, are not yet capable of love: it is something they must learn. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered around their solitary, anxious, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love. But Learning-time is always a long, secluded time, and therefore loving, for a long time ahead and far on into life, is-: solitude, a heightened and deepened kind of aloneness for the person who loves."
" That is how all distances , all measures, change for the person who becomes solitary; many of these changes occur suddenly and then, as with the man on the mountaintop, unusual fantasies and strange feelings arise, which seem to grow out beyond all that is bearable. but it is necessary for us to experience that too...... the courage to face the strangest,most unusual, most inexplicable experiences that can meet us."

and finally the best of all:

" I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try and love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
home soon two days of school left 
xx L

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