Fire and Ice

When life feels full of extremes, and dreams consist of the apocalypse.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
– Robert Frost

The song stuck in my head to accompany the mood: Glee cast performing “We Are Young.”

2 thoughts on “Fire and Ice

  1. Same poet, similar vein:

    Robert Frost, Bond and Free

    Love has earth to which she clings
    With hills and circling arms about—
    Wall within wall to shut fear out.
    But Thought has need of no such things,
    For Thought has a pair of dauntless wings.

    On snow and sand and turf, I see
    Where Love has left a printed trace
    With straining in the world’s embrace.
    And such is Love and glad to be.
    But Thought has shaken his ankles free.

    Thought cleaves the interstellar gloom
    And sits in Sirius’ disc all night,
    Till day makes him retrace his flight,
    With smell of burning on every plume,
    Back past the sun to an earthly room.

    His gains in heaven are what they are.
    Yet some say Love by being thrall
    And simply staying possesses all
    In several beauty that Thought fares far
    To find fused in another star.

    He was always trying to look down both roads, it seems. I wonder if he every really felt like he got anywhere.

  2. You were right. All that time ago. Your instinct was right. Maybe not about everybody you ever met but about one person at least. Some of us learn so slowly it’s a wonder we ever make it through school. But then, school can’t cover everything. Anyway, you were right. And neither fire nor ice is all that pleasant. What’s pleasant is a 70 degree sunshiny day with a light breeze, plenty of time to walk as you please in or out the door, and everyone taken care of. Or maybe that’s just me.

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