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This sad verse was written when I was suffering acute depression after the breakdown of my first marriage in the early 1960s


What do we live for ?
Is it to bear the trouble and the pain
That comes into our lives time and again
So that gradually we become immune
To heartbreaks that return so soon
One after another ?

Or is the sorrow only sent
With good intent
To make the happiness we sometimes steal
Stay in our thoughts and seem more real
Somehow or other ?


Dante in Meditation, ink and pencil-Yale Centre British Art

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