29 April 2008

Life philosophies via poetry

I aim to live my life in the vein of this snippet from the poem, Ithaca by C.P. Cavafy (happy birthday to him today, b. 1863). Wise words best not forgotten (and very useful when setting out on a large and daunting project....stay tuned for more info on my foray into amateur woodworking!):

When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge …
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This poetry offers superb moments of philosophical contemplation, but doesn't do jack for catching me up on what's going on in your life... not that I'm so splendid about that, but still.... would love to hear about Homer, life, work, etc! Hope you are happily immersed in the Alaskan summer. Looking to hear more.

xoxoxoxo morgan (& mike)