“A person can seriously do only two things in life: something during the days, and something on nights and weekends” (paraphrasing my uncle, who is a doctor of Christian theology and a Presbyterian pastor).

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“Time … cannot exist unless there is something to undergo change, and to undergo a change continuous in time, there must be a continuity of changeable qualities” (C.S. Peirce, The Law of Mind).

“Das Bedenklichste in unserer bedenklichen Zeit ist, dass wir noch nicht denken” (Heidegger, “What is Called Thinking?”). Translation: “The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking”.

called, closed, together today…

called
closed
together today
tonight
away
forever
not never
she waited
for me to speak
without words
together
with you
forever
not never
a song
came to mind
not mine
of a bird
flying away
into the night
butterfly
of wings blue
speckled red
your face
like the dead
warning
together
not never
forever
assimilated
closed off
in fear
a man
lying in an african field
brown patterend shirt
fearing animal attack
cloudless sky
pillars
greek
santorini islands
deep blue sea
a young woman’s dress
flowing behind her
like a a tattered sail
she walks barefoot
towards a middle aged man
smiling
embrace
holding hands

the mind imagines stability

The mind
imagines
imposes
stability
on an ocean
of momentary
flickering moments,
like the frames
of a movie
seen as ‘motion’
of ‘matter’
in ‘time’;
sensation
plays the eyes
for the eager mind
and the algorithms
that once
produced an outcome
are applied again
and again
and adapted
until successful,
becoming
an ever more refined
actor in the
mind-extrapolated
plot
according to the
mind-extrapolated
agenda.
I once saw
something I loved,
then it turned
in an unfavorable light
and I
could no longer
conscionably
love that
hideous thing
as myself,
so I became
something hideous
and now
I can love it again…
for the moment.
We are
an unutterable
present annihilation.
We
remember the past
and
imagine the future;
there is no time…
just the present,
which itself also
is barely mnemically
removed from
the actual present.