... If rape or arson, poison, or the knife
Has wove no pleasing patterns in the stuff
Of this drab canvas we accept as life—
It is because we are not bold enough!
- Charles Baudelaire
(Roy Campbell's translation)
"a mile or more in a foreign clime, to see farther inside of me" - syd barrett
But I sold my freedom
For free room and board,
Like a monkey in a zoo. - Daniel Johnston

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nine tales of a wandering fox (Part. I)

Catch not what in the shape of the wake,
Tethering sounds of voices, so elfen.
Lying cold out by the rind of a lake
girdling down the the paths of the slippery seven.

Reason with-in, not with the world outside,
For, the thirst to see is not theirs but mine.
Reason to bridge the vacuous divide
with lines so straight they seem to bend in time.

Shadows, to life some rising, to dark some merging
What is and what Is, is but mine to define
Now here, now there. now awaking, now dying
parting the sky and the ground are but thin moments of time.


Han said...

Hmm. This is intense. I think I will have to read it a few more times.

him ... said...

dont stress too much though. Some things are like butter - focus too much and they slip out.

Han said...

I had a feeling you would say something like that.

When something appears to be said, one investigates. When nothing appears to be said, one ignores. Saying for the sake of sound is interesting, but is not very different from randomly sampling a dictionary.

I'm saying that you appear to be speaking about something, however vague that something may be. If that is fundamentally untranslatable or irreducible, then the investigation becomes the question "why?"


him... said...

It is not that it is untranslatable or irreducible. It, perhaps, is not the time for it to be understood. I think perhaps Gibran effectively captures this:

"Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.

But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge.

You would know in words that which you have always known in thought."

the first two phrases perhaps answers ur question: "Why?"

The third phrase pertains to you.

If you cant understand something, its perhaps not the right time to understand it. You would try again later.

You may not see the moon that is pointed to, perhaps cause its not right now in your view or have not seen it yet.

Coming back to the butter, if u can't grab it, its perhaps not the right time to try to grab it - may be its too warm, or may be u r too distracted elsewhere.

One can only point to the moon, seeing it is your part to play.