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On Negative Capability

August 16, 2020

I know what my heart is like;
this beating, breathing, blooming soul:
it is like a ghost, lost in this finite 
moment: hidden in tattered folds.
It is like a shadow, scorched by the air,
wandering & waiting & watching,
it’s only ever halfway-there.
The first line “I know what my heart is like” comes from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “Ebb,” which you can find in the prompt description. In regards to the title, the idea of Negative Capability comes from the poet John Keats; it was first mentioned in a letter he wrote: “...I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries and doubts…” Negative Capability is something that has long since been pondered by scholars and poets, and this is simply my take on what it means to me -- it can be interpreted in any way.


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  • Jasmine khawar

    WOW!! Incredible <3

    2 months ago
  • RemovedUser1

    Wow, this is beautiful!

    2 months ago
  • journal.screams (#Queenie's Halloween)

    Wow, this poem is so beautiful! I especially love the last two lines.

    2 months ago
  • sherry171

    THIS IS SO GOOD!! I especially love the line "lost in this finite moment: hidden in tattered folds."
    And replying to the side note - it was so fun working with you throughout the CA term as well! I can't believe these past months have absolutely flown by. I was always awed by your writing style and all the amazing ideas you came up with -- I really hope we and the rest of the CA team continue to stay in touch!

    2 months ago
  • EdilMayHampsen

    I love the philosophical concepts you explored in writing this. I definitely want to look more into negative capability. It sounds fascinating. The last line resonates with me the most.

    re- Thank you so much for your comment on my flash fiction piece! I absolutely melted my heart. I'm so glad we got to work together officially, and I'm super excited for what happens next!

    2 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    This is beautiful! One question, do all the community ambassadors have the rainbow (I'm assuming pride) profile pictures? Do you choose between them and the normal one?

    2 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    This is wonderful!!

    2 months ago