Quoets for Poets: Camus & Cohen

"From the moment absurdity is recognized, it becomes a passion, the 
most harrowing of all.  But whether or not one can live with one's 
passions, whether or not one can accept their law, which is to burn 
the heart they simultaneously exalt--that is the whole question."
                                                          --Albert Camus

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
                                                          --Leonard Cohen

the script

we get so tired of the script

the parts we play
unwittingly and wittingly

the repeated acts of self preservation
the auto self immune systems 

the soft signals we send
come to mean so little
come to be but the things that we do
when we want to feel like there’s something—anything—
that makes sense
that we can count on
that we can say reassures us

what we can say measures us

like brushing a lone loose lock 
of hair from the eyes

like the nervous smoothing-out 
of creases in a dress