La Povertà

"...Francis of Assisi, the founder of the mendicant orders who, as a youngster at a ball, where the daughters of all the notabilities were sitting together, was asked: "Now Francis, will you not soon make your choice from these beauties?" and who replied: "I have made a far more beautiful choice!" "Whom?" "La povertà (poverty)": whereupon he abandoned every thing shortly afterwards and wandered through the land as a mendicant."

I remembered now what I forgot to mention when you visited earlier. KC invited me to teach again, and liked my class proposal:

"Doom & Gloom: A Brief History of Pessimism".

I also found a painting I like, its Leo Tolstoy barefoot, dressed as a peasant. Thinking about pessimism reminded me of the times I studied philosophy with a neighbor. He would talk about Bertrand Russell and curse Hegel; I was only trying to get through Plato and Aristotle. I enjoyed talking about Philosophy a great deal, I was attending catholic school... but I never showed up for the exam. I think finding new ways of learning, and studying, to not neglect the intellect, is a good thing. Maybe there will be a time in which I'll be able to cease my wandering and devote time to the Iliad, The Magic Mountain and Ulysses.

For a moment, I thought I would like to be regarded as a philosopher. But I do not foresee that happening anytime soon. Maybe it is the product of going through so many Wikipedia entries, maybe it is because in the life of prominent thinkers there is room for great beauty... and contradiction.

Reading made me ask myself -and the muses- why pessimists could commit to the search of beauty. Isn't this an interesting paradox? Id like to know more about this.

I enjoyed your visit. I got lost in looking outside the window, at the snow falling. I think the snow made my speech turn somewhat vague.


To The Library At Book Hill Park

Whenever I go
to the library
at Book Hill Park
There is -always-
a white girl
with a MacBook
and Starbucks coffee
as a totem
of a new
assisted culture
of bills and school
and learning
& I want to be
like Giacomo Leopardi
with a bended spine
Reading "We Have
Only This Life
To Live"

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