Monday, August 29, 2016

The Calm of Infinity

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.
William Blake, English poet and artist (1757-1827)

Standing in an over-crowded commuter train that was running late, I closed my eyes and brought to mind this vacation snapshot. The infinity markings on the water, inscribed by a quiet canoe paddle, had intrigued me at the time. Remembering their peaceful calm soothed my agitated spirit, loosened the jawline and hushed the mind.


4 comments:

John said...

"I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade. "

Shari said...

How lovely! Who is the inspired poet?

John said...

...it's W.B.Yeates - here's a link to the full piece:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43281

The whole website looks very interesting - perhaps a useful source for future posts ?

Anonymous said...

Inspired paddling - I remember the moment well!