The problem of things

512px-Seurat-Gravelines-Annonciade

take this for inst. This thing
has dimensionality, this thing
has heft but saying what the thing

is, really saying it so you know this thing
as well as I … well, you see? Maybe there’s something
a tint, a tang that realises the whole thing

so you’ll say, ‘Yes exactly.’ Now, no abstract thing
instantiated into a carry-in-your-pocket thing
you’re walking and becoming, as if they’re the same thing.

Thing of beauty, thing that’s useful, useless, nothing but nonetheless thing.


Image: George Seurat, Study for ‘The Channel at Gravelines, Evening‘ Public domain. A bit of silliness on a Sunday afternoon. And for no particular reason (other than I think you’ll like it)  here’s jazz musician Arthur Russell ‎(1951-1992 – he was just 40 years old when he died) with his orchestral composition Tower Of Meaning (1983).

 

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