Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Trudged to This One Spot with a Flashlight in Its Mouth


Mary Ruefle

Night falls
and the empty intimacy of the whole world
fills my heart to frothing.
The past has trudged to this one spot
with a flashlight in its mouth
and falls into the stream.
Ancient tears beneath the surface
rise and scatter like carp,
while an ivory hairpin floats away
like a loose tooth going back in time.

1 comment:

  1. a)re the christopher ryan book linked to at "Are civilization and income inequality intertwined?"

    Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending — balmy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the “progress” defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease. [amazon blurb]

    b)asked their opinion of western civilization, someone once allegedly said 'it would be a good idea'

    c)reufle's mention of carp rising and scattering reminds me of loch raven reservoir

    d) there are no natural lakes in the state of maryland, by the way

    e)on the other hand, canada is said to have the most lakes of any country

    f)i have asked my local library to let me look at a copy of anne boyer's recent book 'the undying'

    g)and speaking of dying in some ways and yet living on in others -