Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

Zofia Nalkowska writes in Medallions that we’re never given reality in its entirety, it reaches us only in “fragments of events,” and this alone permits us to bear periods of historical catastrophes. But isn’t it just the opposite? We manage to survive great misfortunes, times of terror, only because we receive an excess of reality. Of course, tyrants waste no time, but a bird is still singing somewhere, a tram bell rings, rain begins falling, a neighbor asks to borrow a pinch of sugar, I hear my heart beating, stars burn at night as they always do. Someone plays cards in the suburbs, a bottle of rotgut stands in the grass, green tomatoes ripen in the sun.


Notes:

  • Post Inspiration: A gunman walked into a small Baptist church in rural Texas on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least 25 people and turning a tiny town east of San Antonio into the scene of the country’s most recent mass horror. (NY Times, November 5, 2017)
  • Photo: Harvest to Table
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Comments

  1. The dissonance lies in trying to remember the golden moments as the tyrants rage on…

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  2. and those moments are what keep us aloft.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I can’t even….sigh.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. My counter is covered with little red beauties. Have a great day.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. While… “the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse
    Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.”

    Liked by 1 person

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