“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.”
— Howard Zinn
The Lockless Door
It went many years
But at last came a knock
And I thought of the door
With no lock to lock.
So at a knock
I emptied my cage
To hide in the world
And alter with age.
— Robert Frost
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
— William Blake
Playing voyeur: Through a Soho window
When it comes, will it come without warning?
Just as I’m picking my nose?
Will it knock on my door in the morning?
Or tread in the bus on my toes?
— W.H. Auden, “O Tell Me the Truth About Love”