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Day 57 - On the Nature of Language | by margolove
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Day 57 - On the Nature of Language

For The Thematorium contest #6


human versus mechanical

type versus print

organic versus inorganic


and the poems themselves are important. The first is "Languages" by Carl Sandburg, the second is "since feeling is first" by e.e. cummings. I'll put it here as well as it is difficult to read:


since feeling is first

who pays any attention

to the syntax of things

will never wholly kiss you;


wholly to be a fool

while Spring is in the world


my blood approves,

and kisses are a better fate

than wisdom

lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry

-the best gesture of my brain is less than

your eyelids' flutter which says


we are for each other: then

laugh, leaning back in my arms

for life's not a paragraph


And death i think is no parenthesis


They both say something about the impermanence of language, but cummings' seems more hopeful, more human, and that is why it is on the hands.


More explanation for the "opposites attract" theme later when I'm a little more lucid.

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Taken on October 9, 2007