Sunday, September 6, 2009


Before they happen,
the sense of history in all things.

After, the sense of implausibility,
until it has all been imagined

(first publication)

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vazambam said...

For some inexplicable reason, I find myself remembering Santayana's "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" as I read this wonderful poem over and over again.

Rachel said...

Ja, Mit dem Sinn sollte man diesen Pakt jedesmal vorher eingehen, dann lässt sich auch danach handeln... wundervolle, tiefe Gedanken..

alles Liebe, Rachel

Yes, with the sense you should refer each time before this Pact, then you can also then be... wonderful, deep thought..

all love, Rachel

William Michaelian said...

Well, Vassilis, ’tis true, both speak to the delicious, fluid, unreliable realm of memory. Personally, I’m surprised to see how this poem has changed in the space of a day. It’s definitely not how I remembered it, either before or after it was written. This time around, it seems we are both condemned....

Rachel, life is a beautiful tangle. Many are convinced they know the difference between fact and imagination, as if they were distinctly different things. And yet that difference itself might be imagined.