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bocian

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The dark worm of insanity
« on: April 28, 2017, 05:35:14 PM »


(Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, right panel, detail)



  "Many people have a dark worm of insanity wandering through their bodies and minds. It is black, and has three large eyes, glittering with crimson. His long mouth ending with a maw serves him for spitting - he spits accurately like an outstanding marksman. He consumes our dreams; drinks them in the night, digests them and lets away for them to return at dawn, to show us the other worlds. Little, rustling paws allow him to move freely through every part of the body. So, it crawls out of a story, a poem, an event or belief, and it breaks in through the eye, ear or part of the skin to wander silently, looking for a place to stay. When it gets to the soul, a man starts to be dangerous to his integrity. When it reaches the mind, a man starts to be dangerous to those surrounding him. But, when it reaches the heart, a man falls in love with some other human being. Then, the world becomes dangerous for him, and every step might bring the bitter end.
  My own dark worm made the soul his home. Maybe, it is only an intermission, a break in a longer journey for him to regain strength. It's possible than some day he might want to proceed, and he'll choose the heart or the mind, inviting me to a fabulously serviced table of insanity or a pearl cave of love, where reason slumbers, the conscience awakens, and happiness is associated with reciprocity of someone's heart and not doing any harm to anyone. Then, I'll pass my final exam of foolishness."
- Waldemar Łysiak, "Flet z mandragory" (translated from Polish)
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"There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand."

Herman Melville, "The Martyr"

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Re: The dark worm of insanity
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 04:47:00 PM »

(Marcin Kołpanowicz, "Theatre of the world")



"Through the night, a golden cloud lay sleeping
On the breast of a gigantic rock ledge.
In the morning, early, off she hurried;
Through the azure, carefree, she went playing.

But a trace of moisture was still clinging
To the wrinkled rock ledge. Old and lonely,
He stood there as though in sad reflection—
In the empty spaces softly weeping."
- Mikhail Lermontov, "The Rock Ledge"
« Last Edit: June 06, 2017, 04:54:46 PM by bocian »
"There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand."

Herman Melville, "The Martyr"

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Re: The dark worm of insanity
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 02:53:57 PM »


(Albrecht Durer "Melancholy")


"I spoke to him
But I didn't take it all to my heart
(Taught by the somber experience
That men tell the facts about themselves
With pleading in their eyes
To deny them)
So when he spoke his mind
I wondered
About perversity

He knew his skills
Restraints
He could see simply and clearly
Things for me
Dark and embroiled

Without delusion he proved
That words say
What they say

In confering with people
It was unknown to me before".
- Jacek Kozik, "Matka noc" (Translated from Polish)



"There are three days in the life of a man: day of birth, day of death, and the day of cogitation - the thought that reconciles with life."
- Waldemar Łysiak, "Kielich" (Translated from Polish)
"There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand."

Herman Melville, "The Martyr"