Wednesday, June 08, 2011


I was in college in 1979 when I dreamed of this sonnet. I had never read it before but in the dream I was reading it. I got up the next morning and went to the library to find it. This poem is almost the anthem of my life. I still haven't learned.


Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lovest thou that which thou receivest not gladly,
Or else receivest with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
Resembling sire and child and happy mother
Who all in one, one pleasing note do sing:
    Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
    Sings this to thee: 'thou single wilt prove none.'

I now promise to love those who love me, and to stop pining in hurt over those who reject me.

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