To Call Myself Beloved

Late Fragment
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And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
(Raymond Carver)


  1. Wonderful wonderful words. Thank you so very much for sharing them.

    Beloved on the earth...who could ask for more?

  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I came across this Carver piece recently, but I can't remember where.

    This is a photo I took in the mid-1970s with a Kodak Instamatic Something that took 126 film. Those were the days!

  3. What a wonderful and inspiring post, Sandy. I simply love these words. They have such depth of meaning. Very beautiful!!!

  4. to love and be love. one important idea to live life.

  5. Sandy, these words are so important in one's life!
    My grand father's first name was "Aimé". This first name means "Beloved". I've always thought it was a wonderful first-name to begin one's life!
    Your picture in a camaieu of grey silver matches with this deep thought.

  6. I'm saving this post for those times when I need it. It's magnificent.

    (PS: there is a place somewhere where you can process digital prints so that they look like they were taken on those old cameras. I have to look it up because I love this shot.)

  7. Wonderful poem! I think I'll pass this on to my husband's aunt, who just lost her husband of 58 years.

    Peace - D

  8. To love and to be loved...the desire of most of us.

  9. Wonderful, giving much room for thought, words will form later.

  10. Sandy, an incredible photo and lovely poetry! I don't think I've read any of Raymond Carver's poetry before... I HAVE read his extraodinary short stories, though!

  11. Anonymous9:32 AM

    ..a big thank u to u for sharing such loveliness..

  12. Anonymous11:35 AM

    These are such wonderful perfect words.

  13. I love that quote. Beautiful post.

  14. Excellent, beautiful words which go so well with this picture..

  15. Wow, I love the light here. Really pretty! The words are beautiful.

  16. Wonderful picture and words. Just "grounds" me and reminds me.

    I could say those words. I have been so blessed on this earth.


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