Sunday, 7 August 2016

1789 (or the Romans Return)


What you do think, you higher men? Am I prophet? A dreamer? A drunkard? An interpreter of dreams? A midnight bell? A drop of dew? An odour and scent of eternity? Do you not hear it? Do you not smell it? My world has just become perfect, midnight is also noonday, pain is also joy, a curse is also a blessing, the night is also a sun - be gone, or you will learn: a wise man is also a fool.

Did you ever say Yes to one joy? O my friends, then you said Yes to all woe as well. All things are chained and entwined together, all things are in love; if ever you wanted one moment twice, if ever you said: ‘You please me, happiness, instant, moment!’ then you wanted everything to return! you wanted everything anew, everything eternal, everything chained, entwined together, everything in love, oh that is how you loved the world, you everlasting men, loved it eternally and for all time: and you say even to woe: ‘Go, but return!’ For all joy wants - eternity!’
                                       (Friedrich Nietzsche)


A monumental sleep
Whose ancient dreams
Awake on tomorrow’s avenues.
The body snores, groans
Is moving…

Across the centuries
Great artists work
Prodigiously, 
Peopling the streets 
With ill-remembered gods…

        A sprightly Cicero
Defeating an old tyrant.
Now the republic wakes, rises, 
Puts on it antique dress,
Its Brutus the guillotine.

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