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Why "I am NOT a VOLCANO!"

Why "I am NOT a VOLCANO!"
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"In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured." — Gordon B. Hinckley
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Book I am Currently Reading: Peter and The Shadow Thief

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday Sonnets- T.S. Elliot- The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men
T. S. Eliot
Mistah Kurtz—he dead.

A penny for the Old Guy


We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.


Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death’s dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind’s singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death’s dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat’s coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer—

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom


This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man’s hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

Is it like this
In death’s other kingdom
Waking alone
At the hour when we are
Trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss
Form prayers to broken stone.


The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms

In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river

Sightless, unless
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Multifoliate rose
Of death’s twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.


Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o’clock in the morning.

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

This poem scares me. I end it with a sob stuck in my throat, and tears behind my eyes. It is not in sentiment that I choke, but terror. (And I think that my friend Mr. Elliot would be happy with my reaction. I believe this was his intention.)

Man builds civilization to keep from going mad, to make himself rise above and to feel as though he can conqour what God calls 'the natural man'- but is civilization really different? Are we really less of a 'natural man' just because we are civilized?


From every corner, and every side, chaos and savagery close in, stifle, stangle, and suffocate.

"This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper."

In A.P. Enligsh in high school, we read this poem in reference to the book "Heart Of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, and for more insight and terror that makes your stomach empty and your throat dry, I recommend the read. I have not seen a movie yet that has terrified me so. (Except for Alien movies like Fire in the Sky and Thing and The Fourth kind- which I haven't seen, but I cried after the preview....those were pretty dang scary...but I digress...)

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