Noisy Desperation

14 07 2010

A friend was recently reading Thoreau, as you do, and came across his aphorism:

The mass of men (sic) lead lives of quiet desperation.

It reminded him of a poem he’d read a long time ago by a graduate of an  American university. It went as follows:

I like Thoreau but can’t abide his famous declaration

that most us  pursue a life of quiet desperation

I really think that most of us  (and this is hardly laudable)

would much prefer to make our desperation audible.