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Some poet´s thoughts on the journey

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by Fabi, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Fabi

    Fabi Well known member

    Ithaca

    When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
    pray that the road is long,
    full of adventure, full of knowledge.
    The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
    the angry Poseidon -- do not fear them:
    You will never find such as these on your path,
    if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
    emotion touches your spirit and your body.
    The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
    the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
    if you do not carry them within your soul,
    if your soul does not set them up before you.

    Pray that the road is long.
    That the summer mornings are many, when,
    with such pleasure, with such joy
    you will enter ports seen for the first time;
    stop at Phoenician markets,
    and purchase fine merchandise,
    mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
    and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
    as many sensual perfumes as you can;
    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.
    Without her you would have never set out on the road.
    She has nothing more to give you.

    And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
    Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
    you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.

    Constantine P. Cavafy (1911)
     
  2. Fabi

    Fabi Well known member

    I have a feeling I need to turn into the poems and stories and myths which are already there. I am in that part of the journey.
    My intervention to William Blake´s Tyger

    "Fire, Fire burning bright,
    in the forests of the night,
    what immortal hand or eye
    could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
     
  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, Fabi. Thanks for sharing the beautiful and thought-provoking poems. TMS can be our Ithaca. I'm enjoying my journal and thank God for givingme back pain that led me to learning about Dr. Sarno and TMS. I started my TMS-Ithaca journey three years ago when I was 82 and it is still enriching my life.
     
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