Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank - #38 Quotes & Quotations

"Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and becomes a host, and then a master?
Ay, and it becomes a tamer, and with hook and scourge makes puppets of your larger desires.
Though its hands are silken, its heart is of iron.
It lulls you to sleep only to stand by your bed and jeer at the dignity of the flesh.
It makes mock of your sound senses, and lays them in thistledown like fragile vessels.
Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral."
             ` Kahlil Gibran

Just sweep me
away from home.
Take me somewhere;
take me anywhere.
But just sweep me
away from home.

Oh! Change!
Whether winds
or tides,
I long for you
to come to me
and shake me
out of these
four walls,
that have trapped me
with their cunning
assurances of safety
against imagined dangers.

They've blinded me with their
 monochromatic dullness.
They've made me deaf
by insulating me
against the natural cacophony
though harsh,
now music to me.
They've made me numb
and deprived me
of the sensuous beauty
of nature all around me.
They've quelled the
song in me.
Confined am I
and entrenched in ennui.

So change ,
Just sweep me 
away from home.
Take me somewhere;
take me anywhere.
But just sweep me 
away from home. 


  1. Of course, Gibran's words are brilliant as always, and I very much like your wistful poem!
    I believe a good many of us have that kernel of ennui nudging the edges of our soul. We may not know what it is we want, but we do wish for change to shake us out of our rut and enrich our lives. Beautifully written...:)

    Imagination Lane

  2. I became swept up, in your poem~ I do think cabin fever sets in, many times during the year. We have to push boundaries and make changes to cope.
    Interesting write...

  3. oh. i can relate to the pining in this poem. very beautiful and real. thank you.

  4. Wowzers, it will be interesting to see how the universe responds to this plea - because it will, you know! This poem surged through me like a tide. Very powerful. Loved it.

  5. Take me somewhere; take me anywhere.
    How many times have I thought these words..
    How many times I have promised myself, I shall not be 'entrenched in ennui'!! but that lust for comfort, must fight.

  6. I really, really liked this! I felt like this some years ago and can really identify with your words. (...and change and all I yearned for happened!)

    Powerful and beautiful. :-)

  7. madhumakhi,
    You have written such strong words with a clear message.
    I think we have all felt that way at times.
    I hope a change will arrive for you.
    Best wishes, Eileen

  8. This is a great quote you chose and you did it right with this poem. I feel that complacency of place right now myself. Gotta get moving.

  9. Thank you all for commenting.
    @Ella: "Pushing boundaries" is a wonderful phrase.
    @Lynette: Kahlil Gibran is always brilliant. The Prophet is proof of it. I wonder where he got inspired to write a book where every page has got great wisdom.
    @Marian: thanks :)
    @Sherry: thanks :)
    @Sarath: I'm sure that you'll finally get the strength to fight that lust for comfort and the ennui that omes with it.
    @Susannah: Good to know that you can identify with my poem. Change is very important for a pot to grow.
    @ Eileen: thank you :)
    @Judy : realising that we've been complacent is the best thing that we can do.
    @All: thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on it :)

  10. Stop changing and you stop living...well crafted piece. Vb

  11. Very powerful verse! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Lovely piece of writing. :-)

    'Nothing endures but change.' Heraclitus