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  • Writer's pictureDenise Tolan

The Daily Dick: Musing in a Time of Angst

The Nightgown

“Because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.”


Musing: I find myself attracted to these lines, especially in winter. I am always thankful for the cold, the time inside reading in front of a Netflix fireplace or hiking in mittens and double socks. Without understanding the cold, I could never appreciate summers in South Texas where we hike before dawn and avoid all but the thinnest of materials.

One of my fave crazy poets was William Blake. He wrote “Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate are necessary to Human existence.” Blake also believed that to understand heaven, you had to understand hell. So on days when life is tough, I am (sometimes) able to believe that because of this crappy experience, when happiness comes around, I’ll be all the more appreciative. Thank you, literature!

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