T. S. Eliot: a few excerpts from the Four Quartets


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At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither arrest nor movement.

And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where

And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.

~ excerpt from T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets: Burnt Norton

 

Here or there does not matter

We must be still and still moving

Into another intensity

For a further union, a deeper communion

~ excerpt from T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets: East Coker

 

And the end and the beginning were always there

Before the beginning and after the end.

And all is always now.

~ excerpt from T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets: Burnt Norton

 

Note: T. S. Eliot is one of my favorite poets and I frequently read the Four Quartets. The last excerpt included here is often embedded into many of my paintings and can be found on some of the Patra vessels too. These three fragments spoke to me this morning and  are enough for the day.

 

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