Charles Baudelaire

(9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867 / Paris)

Anywhere Out of the World


This life is a hospital where every patient is possessed with the desire to change beds; one man would like to
suffer in front of the stove, and another believes that he would recover his health beside the window.
It always seems to me that I should feel well in the place where I am not, and this question of removal is one
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  • Rookie Aisha Baranowska (10/23/2013 3:30:00 AM)

    Oh, this is magnificent! : -) This poem is my own soul's mirror-like reflection; not to confuse the reverted image of a real mirror - as I truly do identify with everything he says in this particular poem; this sense of not ever belonging to this world, of longing for another reality - this vain illusions of happiness in changing places...! Even my own life looks the same way: I can never stay for a long time in one place, in one country - I crave to be elsewhere, somewhere I am not...! I travel and then, I realise that this world is not for me; that this life is not for me... That I do not know how to live; I am lost amidst of nothing and desperate for an escape...! This world has never been my place; if our soul is a mystic creature which descends upon the earth materialised by birth - then we can only find happiness after reaching our final destination which is certainly not this world, for it lies in another dimension unseen and unperceived by the living... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ms Acras (8/11/2009 2:25:00 AM)

    Possessed with the desire to change beds; one man I would like to do. (Report) Reply

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