pas d'île: john donne, 16th century metaphysical poet + cleric, wrote this passage in 1624, found in
devotions upon emergent occasions. i love his work + i also love taking pictures of churches + cathedrals wherever i may travel. i thought it fitting to link his words to today's imagery:
no man is an island,
entire of itself.
each is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
if a clod
be washed away by the sea,
europe is the less.
as well as if a promontory were.
as well as if a manor of thine own
or of thine friend's were.
each man's death diminishes me,
for i am involved in mankind.
therefore, send not to know
for whom the bell tolls,
it tolls for thee.