Dawn points, and another day
Prepares for heat and silence. Out at sea the dawn wind
Wrinkles and slides. I am here
Or there, or elsewhere. In my beginning.
– T.S. Eliot, East Coker (1939)
East Coker is one of The Four Quartets, and one of my favourite poems by Eliot. For some reason, those lines remind me of a perhaps simpler – although no less brilliant – wordsmith, one Dr. Seuss. These lines (and this solemn little guy with the star on his belly) are from the beginning of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (1960):
From there to here,
from here to there,
Later on, there’s a story of some sleepwalking sheep:
By the light of the moon,
by the light of a star,
they walked all night
from near to far.
That last line inspired the name of this blog, and offering these apparently disparate quotations side by side is my attempt to introduce the things I want to write about: people that have something to say, from T.S. Eliot to Dr. Seuss. Words that slide together easily like beads on a string. Walking all night by the light of the moon (maybe even with sheep). Being here, or there, or elsewhere, and finding funny things everywhere.