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from Kobayashi Issa (c. 1818):

“Never forget:
We walk on hell,
gazing at flowers.”


from Thomas Peace:


One of the problems about hell
is that most who are in it
do not realize that they are in it.
One of the problems of hell
is that a few in it
(realizing they are in it)
are not listened to or
understood by those
in it (not realizing they are in it).
Who in the hell has
all of the right answers?



Ant on Stella Daylily … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

21 Comments Join the Conversation

  1. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote: “L’enfer, c’est les autres” or “Hell is other people”, but Sartre lived in France – he meant French people! πŸ˜‰


  2. In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky said, β€œWhat is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” There are too many today who don’t love others, the world, or themselves.


  3. Intense photo! Love the rich color. As first the insects disappear and then out the food web, we will learn what β€œhell on earth” means.


      • That sun made a beautiful backdrop for the picture … yes the ants are hard to get rid of … we had carpenter ants for years and Ortho could not get rid of them and we got a new smaller company to come in at the recommendation of our HVAC guy who had some rental properties and they got cockroaches so he had them in – gone. They were great and came in and found the nest right away. I told Ortho I saw a flying ant in the light fixture in the basement –
        they couldn’t find the nest, but Pest Masters honed in on it and put marigold dust into the nest … dead carpenter ants started dropping out and it is a dropped ceiling and we slid the panels back – more dead ants. This was too bad since Ortho recommended us to chop down two big oak trees and a locust tree, remove all the bark in the gardens and replace it with cedar mulch … they found and destroyed the nest in a matter of minutes! I wonder if there were ants in prehistoric times – you would likely know that answer Tom.

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