digging a well
where the fire burned
drilling down
inside the circle of stone

like drumming a beat to escape
the violent light
breaking the soil in us
dig out our insides

oh Cactus
you live where it's dry
oh Cactus
my mind makes your needles

we become the camel
to pass through the hole
our baggage is draped on us
on our hills of protection

oh Cactus
you live where it's dry
oh Cactus
you live on the inside

I yield to your hatred
for your own deeds
I yield like the melting frost
that soaks in your field


"Eros is a superhuman power which, like nature herself, allows itself to be conquered and exploited as though it were impotent. But triumph over nature is dearly paid for. Nature requires no explanations of principle, but asks only for tolerance and wise measure. "Eros is a mighty daemon," as the wise Diotima said to Socrates. We shall never get the better of him, or only to our own hurt. He is not the whole of our inward nature, though he is at least one of its essential aspects."
Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. (From Vol. 8. of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung) (Carl Jung, On the Psychology of
the Unconscious, 1957

"After reading through Schopenhauer's Ethic one learns that he himself is not an ascetic. And consequently he himself has not reached contemplation through asceticism, but only a contemplation which contemplates asceticism. This is extremely suspicious, and may even conceal the most terrible and corrupting voluptuous melancholy: a profound misanthropy. In this too it is suspicious, for it is always suspicious to propound an ethic which does not exert so much power over the teacher that he himself expresses. Schopenhauer makes ethics into genius, but that is of course an unethical conception of ethics. He makes ethics into genius and although he prides himself quite enough on being a genius, it has not pleased him, or nature has not allowed him, to become a genius where asceticism and mortification are concerned.

Schopenhauer interests me very much, as does his fate in Germany."
(Soren Kierkegaard, 1813–1855)


"It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy."
(A. Schopenhauer, 1788–1860)


"The least ambiguous sign of a disdain for people is this: that one tolerates everyone else only as a means to his end, or not at all."
Human, All-Too-Human, Beyond Good and Evil: Parts 1 and 2 (Nietzsche, human all too human)


"Never ask for too much, and know when to stop. It is (the other's) perogative to give, to give when he wants and to give what he wants, and to do so without prompting. Do not give him the chance to reject your requests. Better to win favours by deserving them, so they are bestowed without your asking."
(Robert Greene)


"Prize intensity more than extensity. Perfection resides in quality, not quantity. Extent alone never rises above mediocrity, and it is the misfortune of men with wide general interests that while they would like to have their finger in every pie, they have one in none. Intensity gives eminence, and rises to the heroic in matters sublime."
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Baltasar Gracián)


"Do not overstop your bounds. Do what you are assigned to do to the best of your abilities and never do more. To think that by doing more you are doing better is a common blunder. It is never good to seem to be trying too hard - it is as if you were covering up some deficiency. Fulfilling a task that has not been asked of you just makes people suspicious."
(Robert Greene)