what is joy? perhaps it starts in the irrational? the sensuous?

dionysis and his world we describe as irrational, which we usually take to be a negative term. we generally think of an irrational person as strange, offbeat, or insane; and of an irrational statement as incorrect. but the original meaning of irrational knowledge is simply knowledge gained through our senses rather than through our rational thought processes. the dionysian way is to see the world instinctively, on a sensuous, intuitive level rather than in an abstract, logical, once-removed way.

a.a. johnson


oh love and freedom of youth, can you last forever?


she saw a dust bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. so this was a marriage!

nora neale hurston