Ashtrays and authors (by dressONbackward-)
— Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
I am like a flag in the center of open space.
I sense ahead the wind which is coming, and must live
while the things of the world still do not move:
the doors still close softly, and the chimneys are full
the windows do not rattle yet, and the dust still lies down.
I already know the storm, and I am troubled as the sea.
I leap out, and fall back,
and throw myself out, and am absolutely alone
in the great storm.
Sense of Something Coming by Rainer Maria Rilke
-‘Whence comes to you, you asked, this singular sadness
That rises like the sea on the naked, black rock?’
— Once our heart has gathered the grapes from its vineyard,
Living is an evil. That’s a secret known to all,
A simple pain, with no mystery,
As obvious to all men as your gaiety.
So abandon your search, inquisitive beauty;
And though your voice is sweet, be still!
Be silent, ignorant! ever enraptured soul!
Mouth with the child-like laugh! Still more than Life,
Death holds us frequently with subtle bonds.
Let, let my heart become drunk with a lie; let it
Plunge into your fair eyes as into a fair dream
And slumber long in the shadow of your lashes.
Semper Eadem by Charles Baudelaire