Friday, June 23, 2006

Words in Need are Words in Deed

It amazes me how lines of text can stay in the mind and appear in a time of need, interpreting the moment and being interpreted by the moment.

Strange and beautiful are words that become more than words as they are crafted into purposeful text.

Words live.

  • Borges in "The Aleph" says something like (this is from memory): As a boy I used to marvel that the words in a closed book did not get mixed up and lost in the discourse of the night.
  • Flannery O'Connor in The Violent Bear It Away has the words of Tarwater's calling come to his mind like seeds quietly sprouting one by one.

Fortunately, words to live by are not hard to come by--only hard to live by.


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