Seeking for Righteousness

The Personal Blog of Kaimi Wenger

We have had enough of action, and of motion we

As another midnight approaches at work, and I grind through a never-ending mountain of documents, I recall the words of Tennyson’s poem “The Lotos Eaters.” Never has poetry so accurately described my feelings:

There is no joy but calm!

Why should we only toil

. . .

Death is the end of life; ah, why

Should life all labour be?

Let us alone. Time driveth onward fast,

And in a little while our lips are dumb.

Let us alone. What is it that will last?

All things are taken from us, and become

Portions and parcels of the dreadful Past.

Let us alone. What pleasure can we have

To war with evil? Is there any peace

In ever climbing up the climbing wave?

All things have rest, and ripen toward the grave

In silence; ripen, fall and cease:

Give us long rest or death, dark death, or dreamful ease.

. . .

We have had enough of action, and of motion we,

Roll’d to starboard, roll’d to larboard, when the surge was seething free,

Where the wallowing monster spouted his foam-fountains in the sea.

Let us swear an oath, and keep it with an equal mind,

In the hollow Lotos-land to live and lie reclined

On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind.

. . .

Surely, surely, slumber is more sweet than toil, the shore

Than labour in the deep mid-ocean, wind and wave and oar;

Oh rest ye, brother mariners, we will not wander more.

—-

The entire poem can be read here

And now, I return to my oar.

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June 8, 2003 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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