I Know My Soul


I Know My Soul

I plucked my soul out of its secret place,
And held it to the mirror of my eye,
To see it like a star against the sky,
A twitching body quivering in space,
A spark of passion shining on my face.
And I explored it to determine why
This awful key to my infinity
Conspires to rob me of sweet joy and grace.
And if the sign may not be fully read,
If I can comprehend but not control,
I need not gloom my days with futile dread,
Because I see a part and not the whole.
Contemplating the strange, I’m comforted
By this narcotic thought: I know my soul.

Claude McKay

Anais Nin


My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.

Anais Nin

to be yourself


to be nobody by yourself

in a world which is doing its best,

night and day, to make you

everybody but yourself —

means to fight the hardest battle

which any human being can fight

and never stop fighting.

~ e.e. cummings