Notes from a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel: A Poem

By Evan S. Connell

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I set down all i feel and extra; it isn't for me to announce the provinces of fact. may still I mark greater than shining hours? they're referred to as silos, simply because they resemble these towers during which fodder, grain, and different meals are kept. yet there's simply the windy sky round them, damaged rocks, sand, weeds, and some burned and blasted roots. Animals, even the smallest, won't come close to this position. it's as if they've got sensed the aim of those items, and understand them much better than we. there's a chain of destiny that hyperlinks us irrevocably to our personal destruction. Laplace was once of the opinion comet struck the earth in the course of a few distant period, lowering the human inhabitants to a couple people who lived in a primitive country for numerous centuries, occupied via the issues of survival, till they'd misplaced all reminiscence of the humanities; and never till those desires have been felt did they start back, as though guy have been yet newly born. it really is acknowledged the Greeks have been the 1st to hire argument as a planned software towards the belief of fact. From truths formerly verified they started, and proceeded in response to the legislation of human idea till they'd come to their end, which was once unavoidably permitted, despite the fact that unwelcome. at the linen wrappings of convinced mummified is still discovered close to the Etrurian coast are beneficial writings that watch for translation. Quem colorem habet sapientia? usual males satisfy themselves within the corporation in their fellows. i'm informed of a peasant who, one morning while mists lay throughout his box, picked up a feather that had dropped from the good horse, Pegasus; who put the feather in his cap and deserted the area for a dream. i've got heard that once the wild ducks circulate of their season a wierd tide is raised; and lengthy when they have long gone the poultry of the barnyard bounce up frantically into the air with shrill, determined cries—their nut-like heads crammed and disordered with vestigial memories urging them from household felicity towards unremembered chasms within the presence of one other, bolder skein. not anything existed prior to me; not anything will exist after me. fable, paintings, and goals are yet emanations from ancestral spheres. Karma, that is the wheel of destiny, is indestructible. a brand new global will be born that it can proceed to meet its unending approach. we're to treat the realm as an empty trifle, so stated Buddha; then on my own will it yield happiness, permitting us to reside blissfully all through life’s vicissitudes. allow us to turn into Yasoda, the soul of lady, which calls out to Lord Krishna within the fullness of her love, and sees in him the universe. As thou to me, so I to thee. i used to be greeted first in this earth by means of an scent of blood and by means of the passionate exhalations from my mother’s physique, and those i'm going to have in mind longest. It was once the opinion of my father that Job’s disease used to be his due; considering that God is simply, and for that reason he who has no longer transgressed shall now not be punished. a few say that no longer Cartaphilus in basic terms, yet his spouse additionally advised Jesus down the road.

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