Tonight I started The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs. I allow myself one distraction from my reading…
In the book, Jacobs quotes the following from W. H. Auden’s cycle of poems, Horae Canonincae (no commentary necessary here):
You need not see what someone is doing
to know if it is his vocation,
you have only to watch his eyes:
a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon
making a primary incision,
a clerk completing a bill of lading,
wear the same rapt expression,
forgetting themselves in a function.
How beautiful it is,
that eye-on-the-object look.