….Of The Spotless Mind

Last years snowdrops.

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each prayer accepted, and each wish resigned.

By Alexander Pope from the poem, Eloisa to Abelard. The film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind took its title from this poem.

This morning, and I am not sure why, the dissolving of the snow had Sunshine of the spotless mind playing in my head. The poem by Pope and the film are about love and loss and forgetting. About the pain of letting go. We would be foolish to imagine there would be no pain involved. Would we not?

It is like this. This evening. Not pain. Not sadness. No anguish. No regrets and no love-lost. Just forgetting my father. Dead these past ten years – to the day.

Thanks to Julie for the photograph. Snowdrops will be out in no time.

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3 thoughts on “….Of The Spotless Mind”

  1. Sending kind wishes to you Rev. Mugo. Our Romanian daughter in law, Marilena, ‘lost’ her father on Wednesday of this week and he was buried, next to her mother, earlier today. We send merit to you both and hope that ten years from now she will also experience a day of no regrets and no love lost – just a day of forgetting.

    With bows


  2. Dear Rev.Mugo

    I am building up quite a collection of uplifting and thought provoking poems, all copied from your blog! Thank you for sharing them. “It Grows On me” leapt off the screen the day I read it and I have re-read it every day since.Please keep them coming.

    In gassho


    P.S. Plenty of lovely snow here, its good to see it again :)

  3. No snow on these hills. And glad you are getting something from the poems. I realise I haven’t been taking many photographs these past months, or posting many poems either. I’ll have to make up for that during these next few weeks.

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