Aldwinckle, Eric, Poem, February 1945

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Description: 
Manuscript of poem "To H.S. and all those like him", p. [1]

Tabs

Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
poem
Date: 
February 1945
Place: London
Collection/Fonds: 
Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001623
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

Feb 1945 Eric Aldwinckle
To H.S. and all those like him.
Young man listen!
Listen to the eternal whisper in your heart
"Whatever I seek, I shall find"
For it is true and let no man tell you other.
Whatever you imagine,
Exists, in Time and Space for you to find,
if you wish, or if you will.
(They are but different strengths)
And take care what you choose to seek
for even as you abandon the search,
it will come. For Good or Evil.
Whatever beauty you imagine will be drab,
Your worst thoughts will be beautiful
Compared with what you'll find,
and both will cause you pain.
To seek at all is to create pain
While ecstasy, its twin, is its companion
And in your search for what you will,
if you should fear some thing to be,
it shall become a thing to fear
If it be the unknown you fear, then
the Unknown will give you causes.
He who fears not, has nothing to fear.