Saturday, November 25, 2006

For whom the bell tolls

On hearing the sound of a far away church bell (12th century St Mary's Church, one mile away) piercing the heavy silence of this bleak and dark Saturday morning, John Donne's words spring into my mind:


Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
- John Donne (1573-1631)

5 comments:

iznogood said...

Yes, but this beautiful poem, which is also one of my favorites (I came across it through "From who the bells toll") can be read not as a sad poem but as one who tells you to care for others and act as such. So please do not follow Van Gogh's mind but take the courage to fight for happiness and care for the others
Also because the ones you care ne te quittent pas

Anonymous said...

These ones I liked, the post and the comment (the picture as well).
Sorry to intrude, but couldn't help saying this.

Claudia said...

Iznogood, some time you should be called Izgood. Thank you so much for your wise and kind words.
The post about Van Gogh came about for mainly two reasons:
1) on Friday night there was a documentary on BBC2 about this particular painting (Wheat Field with Crows) which I found very interesting (see site http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/powerofart/vangogh.shtml)
2) Van Gogh is the painter I most identify myself with: I feel that if I could paint I'd paint like him.

You know how moody I am. I'm not any worse nor any better than I've always been. All the disappointments and frustrations life has piled on me might make me bitter, sad and depressed in the morning but once I come around to perceive how fortunate I really am, I'm alright and even cheerful for the rest of the day.

Claudia said...

Thank you, too, faithful anonymous.
I should get you a nick, really.
How about Tim ?

Anonymous said...

That's OK.