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Laura Riding Jackson - The Quids

The little quids, the million quids,
The everywhere, everything, always quids,
The atoms of the Monoton—
Each turned three essences where it stood
And ground a gisty dust from its neighbors' edges
Until a powdery thoughtfall stormed in and out,
The cerebration of a slippery quid enterprise.
Each quid stirred.
The united quids
Waved through a sinuous decision.

The quids, that had never done anything before
But be, be, be, be, be,
The quids resolved to predicate
And dissipate in a little grammar.
Oh, the Monoton didn't care,
For whatever they did—
The Monoton's contributing quids—
The Monoton would always remain the same.

A quid here and there gyrated in place-position,
While many essential quids turned inside-out
For the fun of it
And a few refused to be anything but
Simple, unpredicated copulatives.
Little by little, this commotion of quids,
By threes, by tens, by casual millions,
Squirming within the state of things—
The metaphysical acrobats,
The naked, immaterial quids—
Turned inside on themselves
And came out dressed,
Each similar quid of the inward same,
Each similar quid dressed in a different way—
The quid's idea of a holiday.

The quids could never tell what was happening.
But the Monoton felt itself differently the same
In its different parts.
The silly quids upon their rambling exercise
Never knew, could never tell
What their pleasure was about,
What their carnival was like,
Being in, being in, being always in
Where they never could get out
Of the everywhere, everything, always in,
To derive themselves from the Monoton.

But I know, with a quid inside of me,
But I know what a quid's disguise is like,
Being one myself,
The gymnastic device
That a quid puts on for exercise.

And so should the trees,
And so should the worms,
And so should you,
And all the other predicates,
And all the other accessories
Of the quid's masquerade.

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Poet: Laura Riding Jackson
Poem: The Quids
Poem of the Day: Sep 29 2013

Comment 11 of 11, added on May 11th, 2014 at 4:16 PM.

DHi2ew Im thankful for the blog post.Much thanks again. Will read on...

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Comment 10 of 11, added on April 13th, 2014 at 5:29 AM.
Great to read this a

Great to read this and understand more of the Thai ways of doing thngis.I do hope Richard is OK now and sorted thngis out.I have been living in Thailand for 18 months now. I have a girlfriend of course. We have spoken about marriage and sinsod has dominated the conversation each time. I am 42 and my girlfriend is 37. She did start university but had to leave after 2 years to work to support her father who was dying. After he died she had to work to help support her mother as all good Thai girls do. She had no childhood so to speak as her family are so poor she had to work even at a young age.We have both agreed not to marry until we can comfortably afford to do so.I am from the UK and told her my culture and the way we do thngis and she understands and I also understand her culture. So we are going to live together and not rush into marriage which is so easy to do.Do not let the heart rule the head is something my late father always told me. I think this is very true.I hope it works for us and we get married and live together until we die. I also hope you all read what has been written and not be so cynical about Thai culture as some are.For every horror story I hear I hear many happy stories so perspective is needed when making a choice on which path you take.Some of the thngis I hear it is obvious to me the farrang is being ripped off but offering advice is usually scorned at.Just do what you all feel is right and learn from any mistakes but just do not rush into marriage.If you both love each other you will stay together. If money is all it is about then when yours has run out then so will your wife/girlfriend. expat Rob

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Comment 9 of 11, added on October 15th, 2013 at 9:09 AM.

JLcVfd Im grateful for the post.Thanks Again. Awesome.

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