Could I embody and unbosom now
That which is most within me,--could I wreak
My thoughts upon expression, and thus throw
Soul, heart, mind, passions, feelings, strong or weak,
All that I would have sought, and all I seek,
Bear, know, feel and yet breathe--into one word,
And that one word were Lightning, I would speak;
But as it is, I live and die unheard,
With a most voiceless thought, sheathing it as a sword.
--Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III, Stanza 97
When I first read this passage of Byron's, I knew that I'd found my words. You know the ones: that perfect combination of units of meaning, the sequence of letters and spaces and punctuation marks that becomes your totem.
Of course, Byron, being a poet overwrought with great emotion about the perfection of his craft (among other things), seeks one word, one mighty utterance that would perfectly encapsulate the who, what, where, when, why, and how of him. Perhaps that's the place where writing comes from: a place that has no name, that wants to be named, that compels its own naming. Perhaps there is a word for each of us, one perfect set of symbols and sound that would render us as instantaneously as a lightning bolt.
( I try on a few words. )
The College of the Four Zoas
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Philosophy: "Anyone who looks at life in all its aspects will see how far the remarkable, the great, and the beautiful predominate in all things, and he will soon understand to what end we have been born." --Longinus
Location: The Deep South, USA
Enrollment: 82 and rising
Demographic Information: Female, Married, Black
Degrees Offered: BA, MA, and PhD in ZoaStudies
Accrediting Body: therealljidol
College Mascot: The pretty lady in the icon there. She needed a new job.
Acreage: Don't you know it's rude to ask a lady her weight?
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In response to Prompt 0 for therealljidol.
I'm throwing my hat in for therealljidol. Weekly topics, don't care if I win, looks interesting. I need to write more. Maybe I'll learn something about myself. Sign up here if you're interested.
( Knitting Natter Under the Cut )
( Click to see what's tempting me from my blessings )
My friends and parents are incredible. We moved house yesterday and today my mom and I (but mostly my mom) setup the kitchen, both bathroom linen closets, and the dining room. My dad and autifon moved a bunch of things, cleaned the old house, hooked up the washer and dryer, and barbecued chicken. Kitties are safely, and a bit sadly, ensconced on their new porch outside; I'll have to tell you about Spike's daring escape attempt once we've got the cable in, which should be tomorrow night (*fingers crossed*).
I'm now working on the workshop I'm giving at 9 am tomorrow because there's little that makes more sense than giving a workshop the Monday after you move house. Overall, though, I'm utterly thrilled about the new house and already feel very much at home.
Posted via LiveJournal.app.
Little!Zoas appears to be fairly active these days. I rested my hand on my tummy this morning, and I felt a wee jump of skin, then another. Perhaps I should stop patting my belly.
I've got some catching up to do here on the ol' LJ. I'll be a bit slow at that as I've got a ton o' work this week and next plus packing/moving. If there's something you'd like me to see/think I might enjoy, please drop a link in the comments and I'll move it to the top of the queue.
In the next two days: how I spent my summer vacation and a bit of info about my new pet.