Freedom, or: The fix


Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Freedom frustrated
Forever following forms
Feels the fix is in

Shabbat & Pesach (Passover)

Dear friends, I am offline for two days until sunset on Sunday so I will be unable to respond to your comments until then. I’ll miss you ๐Ÿ™‚

41 thoughts on “Freedom, or: The fix”

  1. I’m not so sure I agree with T.S. Eliot. I think poetry allows for the exploration of emotions from within and within others.

    1. Muri, I totally understand that. When I first chanced upon this quote, I had to read it several times before deciding that I could wrap my head around it comfortably… and a lot of my resistance results from exactly what you’ve written here… But, for me, and obviously it’s different for everyone, writing poetry is sort of a process of ’emptying’ – I put words out for a release, sort of ‘an escape’ as the quote suggests…

  2. Powerful statement David
    And answer to Elliot

    Freedom has so many faces and natures. As the centuries and decades layered it is difficult plant the seeds and recognise the sprout or the bloom. The soil of freedom, top and bottom is eroded. So it feels.

    Have a fabulous weekend

    1. Abi, this comment of yours feel inspirational to me – I could imagine writing poetry, using your beautiful language, I think.


      1. David I’m happy it inspires, thank you.
        You think…lol
        You poetry is full of exqusite frames forms and language.
        Have a good evening

      1. Thanks for the recipe. I used to make matzah brie a lot when my kids were young, My mother-in-law taught me. When my daughter was here last year, I cooked it for her again. The recipe you sent is slightly different, but I am sure there are many variations. โค

    1. Thank you so very much, Angela โค

      BTW, please feel free to call me David ~ that's my actual first name. ‘Ben’ means ‘son of’ in Hebrew ๐Ÿ˜€


      1. I was thinking along those lines: we could try and make sequels, there is a technical term among haiku nerds for this, with some technical should-dos, but we could always experiment… am reading Robert Aitken’s A Zen Wave about Master Basho, for work, and it puts me in the mood – for all manner of things such as adding graffiti to my ugly back yard wall. …

        1. apparently the last two (of five) lines of a tanka were once written in response to the first three lines (which are a haiku) by a second author, often a lover!

          1. oh that’s also intriguing; do try that with your wife -? I seem to remember the haiku-writing group I belonged to years ago, now defunct, made some longer chains, I seem to remember you had to have in the first line a word, the last one had in their last or some such (I may misremember).

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