July 16, 2015

Epilogue on Perseity

By In quotations

All this is full. All that is full.
From fullness, fullness comes.
When fullness is taken from full,
Fullness still remains.

– The Upanishads. 

The Moving Finger writes, and, having writ,
Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears blot out a Word of it.
– Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin 

As long as you read this poem
I will be writing it.
I am writing it here and now
before your eyes,
although you can’t see me.
Perhaps you’ll dismiss this
as a verbal trick,
the joke is you’re wrong:
the real trick
is your pretending
this is something
fixed and solid,
eternal to us both.
I tell you better:
I will keep on
writing this poem for you
even after I’m dead.

– Alden Nowlan, “An Exchange of Gifts”

Perseity – the quality of those things having substance independently of any real object.

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