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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Peerage


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Mucem reflection (Marseille): photo by Yannis Bautrait (yaya13baut), 20 August 2013

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (King James version, 1611)


A time to embrace, a time
to refrain

from embracing
one's own reflection

in the wetspot
in the parkinglot

of the Mini Mart
when the party's over




24 Hour Mini Mart (MacArthur Maze, Oakland): photo by efo, 26 July 2013


4 comments:

Elmo St. Rose said...

Ecclesiastes: The roll with punches
chapter in the Bible

ACravan said...

I love the shape of this; initially the sections look as if they're in equilibrium, balanced, but they're aren't and they knock me appropriately (I think) off-balance. It's odd the way society now seems to embrace and find normal, natural and not unhealthy "embracing one's own reflection." I imagine soon there will be courses taught in "Not Embracing One's Own Reflection As Social Construct." Curtis

Wooden Boy said...

I imagine that wetspot with a touch of that spectral engine oil sheen at the edges.

They've started doing Black Friday over here (at least it's the first time I've noticed it); whole series of violent incidents in shopping malls. Some people would do well to catch sight of themselves.

TC said...

Oh that Ecclesistes -- the original one-hit wonder.

Roger McGuinn sings Turn, Turn, Turn at Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration, Madison Square Garden