20 May 2011

Passing in a river

The deep source of the stream (hear it now?)
is implicit in what everybody knows.
That's why no formula
can fully explicate or comprehend it.
The process of recognizing
is not the kind that can be completed.
That's why nobody knows very much.

… we are all putting our shoulders to the wheel for an end that none of us can catch more than a glimpse at—that which the generations are working out. But we can see that the development of embodied ideas is what it will consist in.
— Peirce, CP 5.402 n2 (1893)

And we can sense the turning of the wheel
as its myriad expressions,
in the weight of light,
the turbulence of time,
the living edge of possibility passing,
selected by choice or circumstance
for falling into permanent place as the past
or vanishing into the might-have-been.

1 comment:

Stephen C. Rose said...

This is remarkable and so close to my own thinking that it is eerie. But then I came upon you via Pierce who was new to me less than a year ago and I had thought as he does for for some time. Your lines capture the essence. I hope you do not my referencing them on my blog:


I will add your blog to my list of sources. Cheers, S