Wednesday, November 4, 2009

the heart of the matter

Outside the rest-house he stopped again.
The lights inside would have given an
extraordinary impression of peace
if one hadn't known,
just as the stars on
this clear night gave also
an impression of
If one knew, he wondered, the facts,
would one have to feel pity
even for the planets?
if one reached what they called
the heart of the matter?
"But do you really, seriously, Major Scobie," Dr. Sykes asked, "believe in hell?"
"Oh, yes, I do."
"In flames and torment?"
"Perhaps not quite that. They tell us it may be a permanent sense of loss."
"That sort of hell wouldn't worry me," Fellowes said.
"Perhaps you've never lost anything of importance," Scobie said.