Creativity in extremis

I was thinking of revisiting T.S. Eliot today, but Kimberley’s post inspired me. So here’s a little more dreaming.

This is what I am: watching the spider
rebuild – “patiently”, they say,

but I recognize in her
impatience – my own-

the passion to make and make again
where such unmaking reigns

the refusal to be a victim
we have lived with violence so long

Am I to go on saying
for myself, for her

This is my body,
take and destroy it?

. . . . . . . . .

My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed

I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely,

with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.

– Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language

One thought on “Creativity in extremis

  1. You know, I had completely forgotten how much I loved Adrienne Rich when I studied her at university. Thank you, Kimberly and Elizabeth, for reminding me of a wonderful poet whose works I must revisit.

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