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Title: Some damn good writing
Post by: plangent on November 02, 2004, 06:54:11 AM
I cracked open East of Eden again.  In spite of previous readings I'd never paid any attention to the dedication.  I was quite impressed and figured I'd share:


Dear Pat,

You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, "Why don't you make something for me?"

I asked you what you wanted, and you said, "A box."

"What for?"

"To put things in."

"What things?"

"Whatever you have," you said.

Well, here's your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts--the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.

And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.

And still the box is not full.