Monday, May 18, 2009

This is water, this is water.

I just read this essay/ speech written by David Foster Wallace for Kenyon College's 2005 graduation, and reprinted in the Wall Street Journal: here. It's a really strong piece, and maybe it speaks to me a lot just because I've been thinking about how it's been a year since I graduated and I'm really and truly an adult doing adult things in the real live world now, but I also think it has a good number of human truths that are easy to forget about. I recommend a perusal highly.

I've been getting this poem by Frank O'Hara, "Animals" (1950), stuck in my head these days. It's a good one.


Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were still first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth

it's no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners

the whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn't need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water

I wouldn't want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days

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