Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for Universe

“Do I dare 
Disturb the UNIVERSE?" 
~ T.S. Eliot

This is one of my favorite lines from my favorite poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot. I first read this poem when I was in college and it's stuck with me ever since. For the narrator of the poem, the answer to the above question was no. As he says himself, "in short, I was afraid."

I've spent most of my life being afraid to disturb my own universe but embarking on this writing journey was the one time I took a leap and dared. I'm so glad that I was finally able to get to the point where I could answer yes to Eliot's question.

I have been crazy busy this week and am participating in the Ohioana Book Festival this weekend so I have fallen way behind on my blog reading and I'm sorry for that. Thank you to everyone who has come by here and commented. I will get caught up next week before we come to the end of another challenge!

Have a great weekend, all. 


  1. I don't want to break the universe.
    Have a good time at the book festival!

  2. Hi Julie .. I've been undersupplied with time too!! So quite understand ... also disturbing the Universe - I certainly haven't the energy at the moment ..

    Enjoy the book festival - it'll be loads of fun .. cheers Hilary

  3. Writing and putting ourselves out there is a pretty bold leap for the more timid among us! But who knows what will happen.

  4. Have fun at the festival! Hope it all goes well. :)

  5. I need to read that poem!

    Have fun at the festival. :)

  6. Trust me, I've been a way worse blogger than you.

    Good luck with the book festival. :)

  7. The Hubble Telescope is celebrating 25 years of photographing the Universe this week with some stupendous pictures.
    It's the line "With a bald spot in the middle of my hair -" that seems to have applied to me.

  8. Yes and no . . . depends on the day. Excellent quote and thoughts!

  9. Great quote and picture to go with it. I liked that poem too. It's been years since I read it. Nice reminder of a poet I like.

  10. I think the universe needs a bit of disturbing every now and then. Have a great weekend :-)

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

  11. What a fascinating quote! Sometimes disturbing our universe is what we need.

    Have fun at the Ohioana Book Festival!

  12. I remember that poem; read it back in English class my sophomore year of high school. I didn't understand it then and I don't know if I understand it now.

    But as a writer, I think it's my job to disturb the universe, even if only a little bit, via myself or how others see my work. ^_^

  13. I detest T. S. Eliot, but I kind of like Prufrock, who wears the bottoms of his trousers rolled. I never needed Eliot to encourage me to disturb the universe. I've been disturbed and a disturber all along.


  14. Universe is my word as well!
    Good luck with the book festival.

  15. You will have fun at this festival. The Universe always needs a good poke:)

  16. A book festival? How exciting! Hope it goes well! :)


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