Spoon River Anthology  

docdirk 47M
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12/4/2005 10:13 pm

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Spoon River Anthology

The following is the only work of serious literature that I have ever committed to memory in its entirety. It is entitled "George Grey" from Edgar Lee Master's brilliantly creative Spoon River Anthology. And it goes a little something like this:

I have studied many times
The marble which was chiseled for me -
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
In truth,
It pictures not my destination,
But my life.
For love was offered me,
But I shrank from its disillusionment.
Sorrow knocked at my door;
But I was afraid.
Ambition called to me;
But I dreaded the chances.
Yet all the while,
I hungered for meaning in my life.
And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny wherever they drive the boat.
To put meaning in one's life may end in madness.
But life without meaning is the torture of restlessness and vague desire.
It is a boat longing for the sea,
And yet, afraid.

There is a story behind why that means so much to me. A long, convoluted story best saved for...oh, I don't know, the Apocalypse?

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

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