Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.
A poem has secrets that the poet knows nothing of. It takes on a life and a will of its own. It might have proceeded differently - towards catastrophe, resignation, terror, despair - and I still would have to claim it. Valéry said that poetry is a language within a language. It is also a language beyond language, a meta-medium - that is, metabolic, metaphoric, metamorphic. A poet’s collected work is his book of changes. The great meditations on death have a curious exaltation. I suppose it comes from the realization, even on the threshold, that one isn’t done with one’s changes.
Sun Kil Moon - Third and Seneca
“If all cosmos were the same distance apart, gravity would pull them all in the same direction. They’d remain perfectly aligned, and precisely nothing would happen. Irregularity, imperfection, and lack of order in hydrogen compacts, atoms of gas gravitating away from each other, and compressed temperatures is what created our universe. Perfection in our galaxy simply does not exist. Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.”
— Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking: ‘The Story of Everything’
Utilize this as an analogy next time attempt to undermine your self-worth caused by fallacious and subjective standards one must meet in order to attain aesthetic appeal. Symmetric cannot be created if its source is asymmetric.
It’s the season for slumber — as the days get darker and shorter, you might wake up feeling fatigued and craving more shuteye.
In fact, people snooze more in October — about 2.7 hours more per day — than any other month of the year, according to a Harvard Medical School study reported by Shape magazine. Commuting to work in the dark this fall and winter might leave you fatigued for another reason — a lack of sunlight, particularly in the morning, has been associated with less efficient sleep, Natalie Dautovich, Ph.D., environmental scholar with the National Sleep Foundation.
Although extra hours of sleep just because it’s fall sounds like nothing but a fantasy to most adults, there are reasons beyond just your energy level to prioritize getting those 40 winks. After all, sleep massively affects your brain. Here’s how.
One of the most interesting and important findings on sleep is that it strengthens and consolidates memories, Clifford B. Saper, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neuroscience and sleep researcher at Harvard Medical School.
"One of the interesting discoveries is if you took somebody and taught them a new task and came back later in the same day, they would be not quite as good as they were initially," he said.
But the next day, after a full night’s rest, study participants demonstrated they were as good — or better — at the task at hand. When you sleep, your “memory actually improves,” he explained.
Improves Motor Skills
Like your memory of facts and experiences, your muscle memory improves while you sleep. So the best time to master that new dance move? After you’ve practiced it once, and then had a solid night of shuteye.
"If you teach somebody to do a motor sequence, say to tap out a tune on a keyboard, if you test them later in the day, it will usually be about the same or a little worse. The next morning, they will often be a little better than when they finished their training," Dr. Saper said. "Sleep is an important component of learning that extends into many things that you do."
Cleans Away Toxins
Sleep clears your mind — literally.
One relatively recent finding from the National Institutes of Health suggests that one function of sleep is to allow the brain to flush out the toxins that build up during waking hours.
"Sleep basically restores your vitality and your ability to do things," Dr. Saper said. When your nerve cells are active for a long period (such as while you’re awake), there’s a build up of the chemical adenosine, which can reduce the ability of your nerve cells to fire when they get a new piece of information. When you go to sleep, you convert adenosine back into forms that help your brain work better, Dr. Saper explained.
There’s good reason why you should sleep on it — your brain helps regulate decision-making. “I think the broad way to think about it is that when we don’t get sufficient sleep quality or quantity, our ability to self-regulate decreases,” Dautovich said. “So we end up making decisions that we perhaps know might not be the best decisions.”
Late-night snacking, arguments and traffic accidents could all be sleep-related, for example. “Our ability to control the decisions that we’re going to make, whether it’s our food choices, the amount of food we’re going to eat, what we’re going to say or not say in a relationship or in a discussion with another person … we become a lot less able to regulate those decisions,” she explained.
Forms Creative Connections
Rumor has it Paul McCartney composed the song “Yesterday” in a dream. Although that particular story might not be true, we do make creative connections while we’re asleep.
Research has found that new neuroconnections, which are essentially replays of what occurred during the day, are formed during the deepest sleep. “The important function that sleep serves in promoting these connections could lead to new insights, understandings or creative efforts after being able to have sufficient sleep,” Dautovich said.
You might think you’re out of it, but your brain is still very much awake while you sleep. According to a new study from researchers in France, people who are asleep can still correctly respond to verbal instructions.
First, researchers asked awake participants to push a different button, depending on whether words they heard were animals or objects until the task became automated, while observing their brain waves, NPR reported. The experiment was repeated while participants slept: Although they no longer pushed buttons, their brain waves still acted the same.
A word of caution before you try to study in your sleep: These results so far only apply to automated tasks. Still, “it points to this idea that our brain is still very active in performing important functions while we are asleep,” Dautovich said.
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
The feeling you get
when you listen to a very good music
for the first time
and your soul wakes up
in ecstasy to dance
The feeling I get
when I met you
for the first time
I see I see
I look at the world
and I look at you:
You are a glass angel locked in a burning room
How long did it take to be what it is
How many years it travelled across the haze
to use itself as a weapon
building upon the ashes
of what it destroys
And for this all it makes me amazed at all
All things built up to be a moment
Because it somehow started for its own right to start
just for it to be what it is
… I saw her there
and I recognize in the first scene, beautiful
What she is, there she was:
She was a fucking neuron
between all those blood cells.
Jozimar Carlos Szczepanik - (The feeling I met)
Picture by me: Florianópolis - SC
A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.