ugly or grotesque

January 6, 2018

I believe when I am in the mood that all nature is full of people whom we cannot see, and that some of these are ugly or grotesque, and some wicked or foolish, but very many beautiful beyond any one we have ever seen, and that these are not far away when we are walking in pleasant and quiet places. Even when I was a boy I could never walk in a wood without feeling that at any moment I might find before me somebody or something I had long looked for without knowing what I looked for.

W.B. Yeats
The Celtic Twilight

2 Responses to “ugly or grotesque”

  1. Reblogged this on silverapplequeen and commented:
    I believe this is true everywhere, even in urban places, maybe even more so in urban places, because of their unexpected nature.

    • peedeel said

      I love Yeats.

      I always felt the cities to be full of ghosts. During the rush hour on the London Underground, I could never be certain if all the people travelling in the carriage with me were ‘living’; some, I felt, were spectres, condemned, perhaps, to wander the rail network for eternity. It was disconcerting.


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