Notes on theatre, music, and the spoken word.


How beautiful it is

You need not see what someone is doing
to know if it is his vocation.

you have only to watch his eyes:
a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon

making a primary incision,
a clerk completing a bill of lading,

wear the same rapt expression,
forgetting themselves in a function.

How beautiful it is,
that eye-on-the-object-look.

W H Auden, from Horae Canonicae. I love the spoken word, but not to the exclusion of everything else. Auden is right – you can see thought. And if you can genuinely get that 'eye-on-the-object-look' up on a stage or in front of a camera, the world will catch its breath.

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