8.1.2020 – that it will never

that it will never come again is what makes life so sweet, bearable

A complete re purposing of the poem, That it will never come again, by Emily Dickinson. That it will never come again Is what makes life so sweet. Believing what we don’t believe Does not exhilarate. That if it be, it be at best An ablative estate — This instigates an appetite Precisely opposite. Not really sure what a lot of this means. Read a lot of postings online about what Ms. Dickinson means by An Ablative Estate. For me, I felt it came from the Latin term, Ablative Absolute, which for those us who have READ (not watched) the Hornblower Series by CS Forester when young Hornblower is interviewed by his the Captain of the ship when he is posted as a midshipman and the Captain say, “We have no use for Ablative Absolutes in the Navy,” but I digress. An online description for the Latin Ablative Absolute states, : One of the most common uses of present and perfect participles in Latin is a construction called the Ablative Absolute, “The ablatives of a participle and a noun (or pronoun) are used to form a substitute for a subordinate clause defining the circumstances or situation in which the action of the main verb occurs. The ablatives are only loosely connected grammatically to the remainder of the sentence, hence its name absolute (absolūtus = free or unconnected).” I focus on the last absolute (absolūtus = free or unconnected) and I feel that is where Ms. Dickinson was going. Believing what we don’t believe Does not exhilarate. That if it be, it be at best A free or unconnected state. Still, life, in a free unconnected state, is short and never comes again. So life is sweet. Life is also bearable. And with help from Alicia Keys, its nothing without you.

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