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Comment 69 of 129, added on November 28th, 2010 at 11:18 AM.
Someone said it is about love. It is about love definitely, but I think
that is an over-simplification. I think it is about how often we would
rather feel pain than feel nothing at all. It is about how we listen to sad
songs that are beautiful even though they make us sad. As humans, we feel
strongly. Deep down, we are not these polished people who have everything
together. We are really naked, bestial creatures who cannot control
everything and who are often in metaphorical deserts because we are
actually alone and have nothing but ourselves. Still, we celebrate these
emotions which are frequently bitter because they are what make us alive
and human... So it can be about love because without the pain in love, we
would not be human, but I do not think it is ONLY about love.
Abalinda from United States
Comment 68 of 129, added on August 16th, 2010 at 2:18 PM.
I like Neil's comment #48&49. And so with that in mind here I am.
I feel the poem refers to more than just love.
The creature is within us all.
By taking in/upon us, that which is of us, be it bitter, distasteful and
awful, can we become better.
Only by facing these truths, processing by our heart these distastful
aspects of our human condition, can we learn to evolve from the creature
form to a better enlightened being.
Thats my take.
wish me luck with it.
Now back to my meal, I've a lot to consume.
Comment 67 of 129, added on August 7th, 2010 at 8:25 PM.
In the desert
I had a quick look through all the comments and didn't see one that
actually hit on the core of the poem. I am no poetry expert but, when I
first read this one, many years ago, I realised immediately what it was
about. I have had a framed copy of it on my window ledge for years - I'm
looking at it now. The poem is about LOVE! We go through it and get hurt
by it, but although it hurts we go back for more. Look at it in this way
and all the symbolism falls into place.
Neil from United Kingdom
Comment 66 of 129, added on May 26th, 2010 at 11:23 AM.
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from United States
Comment 65 of 129, added on March 16th, 2010 at 9:02 AM.
Il fatto che sia necessario
tool from United States
Comment 64 of 129, added on March 4th, 2010 at 5:44 AM.
mm... attractive )
well.. it's like I thought!
Pee Pee Teepe from United States
Comment 63 of 129, added on February 26th, 2010 at 5:07 PM.
мне кажется: неподражаемо!
в итоге: прелестно. а82ч
boniebra from United States
Comment 62 of 129, added on November 4th, 2009 at 4:13 PM.
The key to the poem is this, 'it is my heart'.
The meaning is clear: for the self-possessed, the self-owned, even a bitter
heart (the desert of mind and body, the anguish of harsh living) is better
than paradise offered or crafted by another.
Henry Quirk from United States
Comment 61 of 129, added on October 10th, 2009 at 11:10 PM.
i think that it means that when we look at ourselves often we can only
sense the worst parts, but this man's friend is content because he is
content with himself and loves even the bitter parts.
also whats with all the pessimistic comments? can't you see this is a
Comment 60 of 129, added on September 10th, 2009 at 1:53 AM.
The poem reminds me of a soldier after a battle. After many battles he
becomes bitter. This would be a prime example of modern day Post Tramatic
stress Syndrome. Even if you win the battle, and the war you are alone and
resentful. RESENTMENT HURTS ONLY THE RESENTFUL.
DeWayne Allen from United States
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