Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Call

Why have a yearning for destiny? the poet Rilke asks in the Duino Elegies. I say because we are driven by a need to have meaning, to be more than something small that creeps upon the earth, waiting to die. My soul yearns for a big life, a mythic purpose. Some dried-up poop of a critic once referred to my writing as "Melling's terrified flight from mundanity." No shame there! I don't want to be ordinary. Why squander the great gift of existence on a petty life? Stand before the mystery and cry "Here I am! Let me make a difference! Let me do some good! Let me serve creation!"

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