Friday, December 14, 2007

Blowing My Mind

There's a poem on a poster on the mass transit system here that's been blowing my mind for a couple of months. It took more googling than I thought it should but I came up with BillyBlog who provided the poem (which I'll reprint below) and a photo (click here).

"If there is something to desire"

If there is something to desire,
there will be something to regret.
If there is something to regret,
there will be something to recall.
If there is something to recall,
there was nothing to regret.
If there was nothing to regret,
there was nothing to desire.

--Vera Pavlova
(b. 1963)
Translated from the Russian by Steven Seymour


  1. Sounds a little like the YNG post I'm going to publish tomorrow. I've been ruminating on the idea of detachment as a philosophy, and this poem kind of gets to that.

    You said it's blowing your mind, but you didn't explicate. Can you say what about it hits you?

  2. It almost speaks to me of "growing up" - the things that were all consuming drama as a teen have mellowed quite a bit for me.

  3. I'll comment again when I get my head wrapped around it... wow...

  4. Chili, it's that snake eating its tail quality that makes it unbelievably beautiful to me. I find that it has this seriously Russian sensibility, too, it sort of justifies all that is moraly corrupt in life with a sense of the inevitable.

    Jrh, uh, yeah, exactly! I'm compelled to read it every time I see it on a train and it moves me every time.