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Living forwards, understanding backwards

February 28, 2021

It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.
Søren Kierkegaard, Journals IV A 164 (1843) 

all the moving parts on the street today
seem colour-coded
as if chosen deliberately
to identify and contrast with the surroundings

am I glimpsing an urge to order, to structure?
perhaps I will catch this window
perhaps it will evade me again
perhaps I will go for a walk instead

many days I am a mystery to myself
what was there before it was gone?
it’s been so long

in the semidarkness/semilight twilight
I am adding items to the growing list of
all that I don’t need

all those old blues singers
were once callow, callow youths
and we late blooming black sheep
somehow learn to adjust and accept

accidental colour-matching
notwithstanding
I approach the pending anniversaries
with full heart
and breath of new songs

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