They meet by serendipity,
in a surreal mirage of tile;
paired and spared for eternity,
to stand on the mosaic mile.
What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.
—Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” —Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark tells his scholarly pal, Horatio, of encountering a talking ghost wearing his late father’s armor and crown: an absurdity undreamt in Horatio’s philosophy, with which he is endowed by the enlightened rational faculty of the Bard of Avon.
Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.
Won’t flip inside-out in a gust
Nor flap like a gull in a gale
Impassively as iron rusts
The stoic umbrella prevails
Let a smile be your umbrella, and you’ll end up with a face full of rain.
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein
Miraculous is the way
To view the mystery displayed
Upon the screen of all we survey
Let us make our hearts as big as an ocean, to go beyond all the trifles of the world and see it only as a picture.
Round the bipedal ring
A slotted loop of links
Clacks tandem wheels in sync
Reels the scenery screen
It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.
The tone of gloaming fog
A horn croaks like a frog
A long low silent moan
A windblown hollow log
Silence is as deep as eternity, speech as shallow as time.
In the preface of history
Humans are made with invention
By the grace of their deities
The sublime in their perfection
The contented man can be happy with what appears to be useless.
Curling a toe
At the pace of the light
Creeping up the face of the night
As owls hoot and cocks crow
Commences the first step
In the art of the flaneur
It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presence may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.