Eilis

Eilis

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The affliction was in the family. It lay hidden in the line of blood that touched them, flowing from some ancient source, some desert prophet or polesitter, until, its power, unabated, it appeared in the old man and in him, and he surmised, in the boy. Those it touched were condemned to fight it constantly or be ruled by it. The old man had been ruled by it. He, at the cost of a full life, staved it off. What the boy would do hung in the balance.

He had kept it from gaining control over him by what amounted to a rigid ascetic discipline. He did not look at anything too long, he denied his senses unnecessary satisfactions. He slept in a narrow iron bed, worked sitting in a straight-backed chair, ate frugally, spoke little, and cultivated the dullest for friends. At his high school he was the expert on testing. All his professional decisions were prefabricated and did not involve his participation. He was not deceived that this was a whole or full life, he only knew that it was the way life had to be lived if it were going to have any dignity at all. He knew that he was the stuff of which fanatics and madmen are made and that he had turned his destiny as if with his bare will. He kept himself upright on a very narrow line between madness and emptiness and when the time came for him to lose his balance he intended to lurch toward emptiness and fall on the side of his choice.

Flannery O'Connor, (The Violent Bear It Away)


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Posted 1 Month Ago


Glad to know if someone likes what I post. I try to inspire myself to write something different. I was just reading this book while waiting for my kids to get out of piano lessons and thought this was the best poem I’d read in a bit. Just caught my mood. You (I) always hope someone else will connect. So, glad you did.

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Posted 1 Month Ago


never read this before and it was wonderful, I totally understand, you have a great eye. ear , all your poems on the comments page seem to set the scene, and my search page has never looked so random, thanks for all the great reads,

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Posted 1 Month Ago


love your new picture:)