Unknown to one another Goethe and Blake meet in anathematizing Newton. ~ Great Writings of Goethe, Stephen Spender
You I pity, twice unhappy stars, Being lovely, blessed with bright effulgence, Gladly shedding light for ships in danger, Yet by gods and mortals unrewarded: Love you cannot, never yet knew love! But incessantly eternal hours Move your ranks through vast celestial spaces. O, what distant journeys you’ve completed Since, reposing in my loved one’s arms, You and midnight wholly I forgot.
~ Goethe, Translated By Michael Hamburger.
I take two pills as symbolic of something more…and yes I take them whenever the two pills present their medicine to me. I have gobbled them down like a feverish child in the dark. Wondering why they are there and why they have inspired me so. In fact I was just deep in thought wondering why I love them so. Holding nothing of my usual shyness or mistrust against them ever. But how can two symbolic pills be them?
One is William Blake and one is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. One English and one German. They fill me from the inside out making; sense out of life, light out of darkness and hope out of failure.
I am not an expert on either one. I have many books about them. I reflect on their work and I often only need one very small pill, of either of them, to awaken my healing to something better than the mundane life I often live. To anticipate answers in a creative spark. Their art and words open onto me as if a wonderful knowing of a strange land forgotten. They know imagination and all the powers there of. That is the medicine in their pills to me. Their holistic approach to life is put forth in their creations. I will continue to take them as my extramundane pills.
Questioning change and our contemporary world… I feel is a healthy thing to do. It may not be part of the Status quo to see through the eyes of my two friends here but it is wonderfully real and takes me to many a dark midnight lit by the their firesides.