at the risk of seeming ridiculous…

…to fling his soul upon the growing gloom.

Posted in written thoughts by Charles on September 3, 2008



A chasm? Or two threads interwoven?

Two things are impressed upon the modern soul: Certainty and Conformity. But in my reality, the former is but elusive. The latter I don’t have much taste for. The posture of faith then takes an interesting role. Faith is not a mere belief in that which is unseen. It is rather the sureness of what you hope for. The immeasurable, perhaps even unattainable, desire for hope.

Yet this kind of hope has an existential character to it. And by implication, hope must be tried and tested… again… and again… and again. I mean… if hope is not ever-fluctuating to address the ever-changing issues of the day, it is irrelevant.

Thus, my dilemma:

The Darkling Thrush

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter’s dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land’s sharp features seemed to be
The Century’s corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

-Thomas Hardy


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  1. Anthony said, on September 13, 2008 at 19:48

    Emily Dickinson said hope “never, in extremity…asked a crumb of me,” but I think she was wrong.

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