Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water,
and nobody knows what that is.

–D. H. Lawrence



Friday, December 28, 2012



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There is, one knows not what sweet mystery
about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seems to speak
of some hidden soul beneath; 
like those fabled undulations of the Ephesian sod
over the buried Evangelist St. John. 

And meet it is, that over these sea-pastures,
wide-rolling watery prairies and Potters’ Fields of all four continents,
the waves should rise and fall, and ebb and flow unceasingly; 

for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows,
drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; 

all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; 
tossing like slumberers in their beds; 
the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness.


Herman Melville
Moby-Dick, 1851






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