Sunday, January 11, 2009

No man is an island

A picture from my parents' makes me smile.



Anonymous said...

I don't get the title. Are you saying your Dad would be adrift were it not for your Mom?

Salvation Jane said...

It's a famous saying and the opening lines from a song called 'No Man Version' by King Tubby. The line that follows it is, "No man stands alone." So yeah I guess I just meant that my Mom completes my Dad.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if King Tubby knows about John Donne.

"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

John Donne, Meditation XVII, (1572-1631)