Sunday, January 31, 2016

Old and New

Shelley said, "I change but I cannot die." ('The Cloud', line 76). 
Deepak Chopra said, "The next step in mans evolution will be the survival of the wisest.”
David Vann said, “Even now, I still believe metamorphosis is the greatest beauty.” (Aquarium)
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” Franz Kafka (The Metamorphosis)

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It was at the corner
of Old and New
the first time my eyes
captured his image,
the first time my heart
beat that old tattoo—
Flight or Fight—
the first time I
didn't know what to do.
His head was tilted back
in hardy laughter and
I saw his breath escape,
dance around the crowd,
seize some, and then
it gripped their souls;
his laughter stopped.
Unable to abandon
my position, I watched
his every step
leaving scars on the road
as footprints, as memories,
as warnings to those
of us left, frozen in time
between Old and New.

(painting: detail from Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvadore Dali)

(video: 30 seconds of The End by The Beatles)