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A chorus of stones (1992)
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Before a secret is told, one can often feel the weight of it in the atmosphere.
Perhaps every moment of time lived in human consciousness remains in the air around us.
What always seems miraculous is when aesthetic necessities yield an insight which otherwise I would have missed.
The mind can forget what the body, defined by each breath, subject to the heart beating, does not.
How many small decisions accumulate to form a habit? What a multitude of decisions, made by others, in other times, must shape our lives now.
What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim.
The hard surface of the stone is impervious to nothing in the end. The heat of the sun leaves evidence of daylight. Each drop of rain changes the form; even the wind and the air itself, invisible to our eyes, etches its presence. … All history is taken in by stones.
I am not so different in my history of abandonment from anyone else after all. We have all been split away from the earth, each other, ourselves.
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How happy is the blameless Vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
January 26, 1943
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