“Indignation is not enough. The world is full of people who use it to excuse everything, including the worst of actions.”
Thomas Merton, in a letter to Mark Van Doren on the subject of the arms race. As quoted in:
Lawlor, Patrick T. “Poet to teacher, Thomas Merton’s letters to Mark Van Doren.” Columbia Library Columns November 1989 39(1):18-30. p.27.
reading women like a book the way you do
seeing through their breasts
into that pea-sized death
every woman knows she owns from birth.” —Kennedy, Terry. “For Hatfield, the Radiologist.” Her Soul Beneath the Bone, ed. Leatrice H. Lifshitz. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, (c)1988, p. 5.
for the morning. I work. Nothing
will come between me
and all that I love. I will never
be done with the sweeping up
of common things,
the straightening, the putting away.” —Skipper, Louie. “Yes, Light.” The Fourth Watch of the Night. Davis, CA: Swan Scythe Press, (c)2001, p. 35.
builds into my face
such island fortresses
of silence that words find
not a door to enter by.” —Adonis [‘Ali Ahmad Sa’id]. “The Pages of Day and Night.” The Pages of Day and Night, trans. Samuel Hazo. Evanston, Illinois: Marlboro Press / Northwestern University Press, 1994, p. 11.
my teeth got loose in my mouth …
Tinker, Tailor, Sailor, Sailor —
they were cherrystones,
as I spat them out.” —Lowell, Robert. “Suicide.” Day by Day. NY: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, (c) 1975, p. 15.