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It’s the language
of another age
I hear myself speaking:
“Dost not thou hold
my heart dear?”

In the bustle
in the morning’s hustle
what can I be seeking?
“Dost not thou hold
my heart dear?”

In my bones’ marrow
tumorous despairing grows.
I feel my world breaking.
“Dost not thou hold
my heart dear?”
Of historical interest, possibly? (1989)
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praytell Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
what can i say after all these insightful comments that would mean anything? :) i simply love this piece:)
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
I'm really glad that you do, Chris. That's more than enough comment for me.:)
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Effamay Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Just... fantastic.

I llike how you've mixed modern English with the archaic so well.
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PrettyCrazy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
What can I be seeking...

Lovely.
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Thank you An

what a euphonious and welcome word "lovely" is.
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melodythelittlepony Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
So beautiful and melancholy. I picture someone like Louis in 'The Waves' (I apologise for relating everything to that book...), someone a little out of touch with the modern world. This is possibly because of the combination of old English with words like 'hustle' and 'bustle'. The first 'Dost not thou hold my heart dear?' sounds like a question. The second perhaps a desperate confirmation and the last a lamentation. That's how I felt when reading this, in any case.

1989 was the year I was born. :)
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
I'm pleased that you found so much to appreciate. I think you're right, he is out of touch. He probably thinks life would have been simpler in the past.

Which could be because he's much out of touch with himself as with the modern world?
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melodythelittlepony Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
You're very welcome. :) Your explanation sounds reasonable. I can understand where he is coming from. I sometimes dwell too much on the past, remote or recent. I've been fixating on certain remembered scenes a lot lately. I need to forget them and move on, but it's difficult.

By the way, I've been meaning to ask... What is your avatar? It looks like a Klee painting...
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
The past is the ocean artists swim in.

Klee it is.

It's called Senecio, but I've no idea why.
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melodythelittlepony Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
The past is the ocean artists swim in... That's beautiful. :) Very apt. Senecio... It sounds like a Latin verb. ^^; I looked it up and found a variety of plant, which was nice. I like looking at old scientific paintings of flowers.
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Thanks for that information. Senecio Vulgaris, the Common Ragwort.

Google also produced a first century Roman governor of Britain.

no specific explanation of why Klee chose the name for his picture.
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melodythelittlepony Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Hmm... I suppose there doesn't need to be an explanation. :) That reminds me of the names of Max Ernst's pieces, many of which are as fascinating as the paintings themselves.

Roman governors of Britain, eh? Coincidence! My friend took a subject about Roman Britain this semester. :)
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Aristotle323 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
I really love this. Concise but PACKED! :clap:
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Thanks very much.
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LifeSizeFairy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
I absolutely love the line: "In my bones’ marrow
tumorous despairing grows"

It's beautiful and sad
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Thank you.
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