Monday, August 18, 2008


With many hopes, some leave their homes behind
And go to mystic lands so far away,
But if there only misery they find
Their lives are frustrated in this way.
Upon hearing a melody so sweet
A deer forgets itself and runs to check
Not knowing that a hunter it will meet
And the cost is first freedom, then the neck.
Destiny says how much we have to endure
And what is to come certainly will come,
Still, do not risk the sure for the unsure
Nor for an unknown sorrow, a known one.
An unfulfilled desire produces less pain
Than the regret for wasting life in vain.

Metre: Italian hendecasyllable

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  1. Demian, how do you feel about this quote from James Joyce's "The Dead": "better to pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age".

  2. Worldly passions fade away, and so do people along with them. Simply passing away solves nothing, as life is eternal, and so is passion. We just move from one cycle to another, but it is the same old wine in new bottles. Our philosophy is to remove one thorn with another thorn, and use whatever passion we have to get rid of passion's grip and conquer the self.