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Existential Friday: Smile

Smile B&W frm




“Show me your smile before you were born.”

The Monkey King‘s Koan





196. Song

John Donne. 1573–1631




GO and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the Devil’s foot;

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy’s stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.





If thou be’st born to strange sights, 


Things invisible to see,


Ride ten thousand days and nights


Till Age snow white hairs on thee;


Thou, when thou return’st, wilt tell me


All strange wonders that befell thee,


And swear


No where

Lives a woman true and fair.



If thou find’st one, let me know;

Such a pilgrimage were sweet.

Yet do not; I would not go,

Though at next door we might meet.

Though she were true when you met her,

And last till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two or three


For a different smile see: With Teeth (Darkhalide Photography)



5 responses

  1. I like Donne’s poetry. This is a far cry from his poems for his wife, eh?

    August 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    • elmediat

      Somehow the metaphysical poem just seemed to fit with the image & koan.

      August 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm

  2. Wow… again with the wonderfully distorted lens effects…

    August 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks. 🙂

      August 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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