Biography of Connor Wade
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
- Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
My attachment to poetry began spontaneously one night in 2005 when I felt I had to prove myself in that area.
My sister wrote a poem without hyphenation or capitalization where it was clearly demanded *cringe*, so, being the perfectionist I tend to be, I set out to prove the better ways of a grammar stickler.
It took no more than a few epiphanic minutes to realize the insignificance of grammatical perfection in comparison to the profound meanings so easily conveyed in the art of poetry. I refer to poetry as an art in itself because it is, in my opinion, a much more beautiful form of expression than the typical prose.
But what became of my first attempt at poetry? After a couple hours of working on it, I completed ‘Frustration’, as it was named initially. Later, and much more recently, I renewed the spirit of the old poem and completed a second version. It was appropriately (and very elegantly, I may add) named ‘Frustration V 2.0’, in the case that I should forget about its rougher, cruder cousin, ‘Frustration V 1.0’.
As Schweitzer’s words continue to echo throughout history, I plan to follow them. They very coincidentally remind me of a part in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s ‘Le Petit Prince’ (‘The Little Prince’) in which a cartographer explains the ephemerality of a flower, and due to its transience in the world, it would be useless to label it on a map. Schweitzer means to convey that there is essence in the small details that may seem unimportant. And, as we pursue another civilization on the moon, it only proves our dissatisfaction of the beauty that we have already been given.
In short, I am a complicated person who makes simple, obvious mistakes, but learns quickly from the philosophies of admirable men since passed in history, such as Plato, Voltaire, and Abraham Lincoln.
However, I derive the greatest of lessons from my parents and family. Although my siblings may not agree with me, I see it as enough that they see me as a brother and not an enemy. It is also from them that I derive much of my passion for writing.
I may be the first one to lack common sense, the last one to speak up, and perhaps the worst at first impressions, but I’ve tried to accept myself, my mistakes, and my abilities.
6/30/09: I am working on a story that contains a plot driven by poems. I didn't plan most of the story, but I am confident that most of it will unfold as I gain new ideas.
Here are some more of my favorite quotes:
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
- Plato (427-347 B.C.)
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
- Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
- Voltaire (1694-1778)
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
- Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)