–William Somerset Maugham

That must be the story

of innumerable couples,

and the pattern of life it offers has a homely grace.

It reminds you of a placid rivulet,

meandering smoohtly through green pastures

and shaded by pleasant trees,

till at last it falls into the vasty sea;

but the sea is so calm, so silent, so infifferent,

that you are troubled suddently

by a vague uneasiness.

Perhaps it is only by a kink in my nature,

strong in me even in those days,

that I felt in such an existence,

the share of the great majority, something amiss.

I recognized its social value.

I saw its ordered happiness,

but a fever in my blood asked for a wilder course.

There seemed to me something alarming

in such easy delights.

In my heart I desire to live more dangerously.

I was not unprepared for jagged rocks and treacherous,

shoals it I could only have change-

change and the exicitement of unforeseen.

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