Saturday, September 23, 2006

Anne Carson, "Mortal Life and How It Is Ruined"

once in a while in the long night I ponder
mortal life and how it is ruined.
not from bad judgment
do people go wrong—many are quite reasonable—
no look, it's this:
we know what is right, we understand it,
but we do not carry it out.
Either from laziness,
or we value something else, some pleasure.

from Grief Lessons: Four Plays By Euripedes
by Anne Carson