You will reveal "meanings" -- Perhaps to read them yourself in your own work. Yet I too know how from time to time we lose sight of the abstract and are upset by the outer appearance of things. Oh Harry. I wish you could be in London for a day just to see how senseless and unspiritual is a mass of "busy" humanity in a large city. One is swept along with it, rebelling -- desiring to soar -- knowing (as many here have never known) how it is possible to soar and become like a sound or a prism of colours; but that can only be done in the stillness. An aircraft cannot take off from rough seas. You must have some idea of what I mean by the same experience with masses of "bods" in uniform at Manning. I am starving for the good company of solitude,
Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 15 January 1945
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Place: RCAF Headquarters, London
15 January 1945
McMaster University Libraries
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