Mail from the Borderlands: Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises?


Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises? but who takes off his eye from a comet when that breaks out? Who bends not his ear to any bell which upon any occasion rings? but who can remove it from that bell which is passing a piece of himself out of this world?


No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man

is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;

if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe

is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as

well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine

owne were; any mans death diminishes me,

because I am involved in Mankinde;………


Devotions upon Emergent Occasions


John Donne


7 thoughts on “Mail from the Borderlands: Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises?

    1. Thanks very much. I have a companion composition and have been pondering a number of more recent pieces of text to go with it.

      BTW I was wondering if the CBC news clip played for those in other lands. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Van Gogh, our now senior cat decided to jump on the keyboard and leave you the following message – 4747474747474747474747. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Yes, it works. I’m busy writing to my local representative about our response to refugees but do not feel up to the task of witnessing what the poor souls are being put through. My apologies.

        I have imagined your Van Gogh to be a large and fluffy ginger cat, with only one complete ear. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      2. ๐Ÿ˜€ Actually a short hair black & white, who loves and explore/get into trouble. The first thing he did , when he joined our household, is get stuck between the walls. The neighbour, our got to guy for help, managed to make a hole larger so the cat could get out. Hole was totally patched over.

        We chose Van Gogh because, like Zorro, Tasha had little trouble saying the name. Also he is often on the go.

        I find the twisting of the term undocumented refugee to illegal refugee, and therefore must be a criminal, so nasty. Just a method to raise fears and twist logic.

        Narrow minded assumptions that acquiring personal documents in these countries are so easy to come by, let alone dealing with countries where societies are destabilized.

      3. Some people here are calling them illegal immigrants instead of refugees. It is shameful.

        Funny that your Van Gogh is so different to how I imagined. Sounds like he made a splash on his arrival! ๐Ÿ™€

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