When Men Read


“Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.” – Erich Fromm

There are so many books of knowledge, placed around and around my head, I lay myself bold and naked as a man who is self-read. For when I think of the calling, the words first read, a shot from a cannon, on Tom Swift’s flying sled. My soul sailing on foreign oceans, awake in the spirit in King Solomon’s best bed. I know I’m reading in numbers, forever alive, a part immortal, a part eternally fed. Internally an investment, a part finally said. Internally an investment, a part finally said

When men read, they think of miracles in what’s concrete in each word. Not a thought about the whys or what fors between the lines they see no blur. When men read, they see an angel, not a one that has the curves, just a heart that has a calling, that joins her noun to all his verbs. When men read, something dark calls out to them, like a carrion sitting so adorned, they find themselves like Caesar taking Vercingetorix down in a storm. For the words float unto many a man, atop an altar made in mind, a beginning and a continued end until the angels say its time. Take you now from what is your calling, in the reading that sought your eyes, take it now and dwell on thoughts of Emerson, on the metaphysics that you know will rhyme. When men read the devil’s in the details, and that’s where the answer shines, like an oracle that calls up concrete answers, a man charts his course on time.

When men read, they remove the shadows and they use them as a blind. For when a man is hunting, he ingests what he might find. As Plotinus, said upon his return from Persia, “The world is knowable, harmonious and good“. Each man reads this as a calling in any word that breaks his mind. What of the calling you might find. When men read there are no answers, may be a sound, is all that’s near. But somewhere deep inside a man’s consciousness, they look to find a plan in fear. For if they trample most emotion, they leave just one small tear, then from that they raise a mighty reason to understand the life that appears. For a man is all incarnate in the words he reads today. He knows in all the sounds there is a calling, and that calling cannot be delayed. That calling cannot be delayed.

There are so many books of knowledge, placed around and around my head, I lay myself bold and naked as a man who is self-read. For when I think of the calling, the words first read, a shot from a cannon, on Tom Swift’s flying sled. My soul sailing on foreign oceans, awake in the spirit in King Solomon’s best bed. I know I’m reading in numbers, forever alive, a part immortal, a part eternally fed. Internally an investment, a part finally said. Internally an investment, a part finally said. – 5.28.2019-דָנִיֵּאל

95 thoughts on “When Men Read

  1. Dear Daniel,
    There are so many deep wonderful lines in this piece it is hard to know where to begin. “For the words float unto many a man, atop an altar made in mind, a beginning and a continued end until the angels say its time.” is a favorite. Although the premise of the piece relates to men, I found myself absorbing much of the context for myself. 😉
    Shalom,
    Erin

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  2. Well done Daniel. Many, many lines to ponder over. I too have read ll my life, and remember the Tom Swift books well. I will always keep a little bit of anything I read with me.

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  3. This was amazing Daniel. The connection of reading to a man’s inner being. I had one line I got stuck on, and I was hoping you would be able to offer some insight. “But somewhere deep inside a man’s consciousness, they look to find a plan in fear.”I hope I am not asking to much? Thank you.

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  4. Your words were inspired and fascinating my brother. A spiritual connection to all we read. As a man who reads I could heavily identify. Well done. Shalom, Den

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  5. Daniel, I too read “Tom Swift”, “Emerson” and “Plotinus”, and identify with your deep and wise words. Your post is a treasure. Thank you.

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  6. Dear Daniel,

    i could not let this beautiful writing pass by without writing a note to you on what a creative work I find it to be. Your use of visual language is stunning. It is what I would expect from a life long reader. 😉

    Respectfully,

    jane

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  7. Extraordinary piece Daniel. The quote from Fromm to start with set the perfect tenor. You pick some of the best music to go along with your writing. This was no exception. 🙂

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      • Daniel you are welcome. One of my favorite Erich Fromm quotes, “If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?” Enjoy and have a great weekend. Blaire

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  8. Daniel, “When Men Read” is a classic. I almost read a bit of tongue in cheek throughout it, but it does not take away from the depth of the prose. My favorite line is impossible to recite without quoting the entire post. 😉
    Lynette

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  9. A very timely prose for me to read, Daniel.

    I’m drowning in books, that I’ve hoarded for years. I’m slowly taking them 2, 3 at a time to the library, where I can share what I’ve learned/gained. It’s out of control, and I can’t take them with me in the end.

    Thank you!

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