Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Song of Third Spirit

Song of the 3rd spirit
in Prometheus Unbound:

I sat beside a sage's bed,
And the lamp was burning red
Near the book where he had fed,

When a Dream with plumes of flame
To his pillow hovering came,
And I knew it was the same

Which had kindled long ago
Pity, eloquence, and woe;
And the world awhile below

Wore the shade
Its lustre made.

It has borne me here as fleet
As Desire's lightning feet:
I must ride it back ere morrow,
Or the sage will wake in sorrow.

--from Prometheus Unbound,
a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

(born August 4, 1792--
died at sea, off Leghorn, July 8, 1822)

Sometimes a blog post can seem to be enflamed, on fire, burning from the inside with "Pity, Eloquence, and Woe."

We express our inner beings and outer observations, with:

(1) PITY for all suffering entities, animate and inanimate, from children with cancer to rusting automobiles, warped wood frames, worn out carpets. All is in decay, everything is always almost dead.

(2) ELOQUENCE we hope to achieve to some degree, the well turned phrase, neologism, unique perspective, fascinating story, insightful remark, cascading stream of rational debate.

(3) WOE, a deep seated despair tinged with grief and gloom, as we see that all things sicken, slow down, and slip away to who knows where?

Blogging, even with humor or satire, is founded upon a desire to entertain, instruct, warn, or otherwise benefit our fellow human beings, as we all move toward death together.

Atoms, galaxies, art, war, happiness, fears, ideas, feelings...all are perishing and retreating from memory.

Blogging is a temporary recording of what we feel is important to ourselves and to others, at the specific times of the posts.

Don't give up. Keep trying. Keep the goal in mind: To Help Others and To Improve Our Own Skills.

Every time you force yourself to think of something to post, you rev up your brain.

Every time you try to connect with your readers, you fortify your good intentions.

Every time you work hard to fine tune the wording of your post, you improve your writing skills.

Every time you go to the trouble to embed and test hypertext links in a post, you magnify your self-motivated discipline.




The blog at its best.

[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate


zafu said...

There is a lot of feeling in this entry. Thank you for the Shelley and your exhortations.

steven edward streight said...

In my sales training they instructed us to never say "No problem" as a reply to "Thanks". We are taught to say, "You're very welcome.", which is more friendly.

ie: you mean if it WAS a problem, an inconvenience, you would NOT have done it?

To stop saying "no problem" is not easy. I say it automatically. Just like many of us catch ourselves saying "All righty then" or similar phrases.

So..."you are very welcome, dear Zaf."