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


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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