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Father – Part III

Dedicated to him Somehow, you make your way back, somehow you return, again. Unscathed, untouched by world and memory, axis mundi, a horizon. A boundary to be crossed, by my feet. A form, derived from yours. A story of lungs drawing breath, taken from you. An extended tongue. You never thought, that it will be […]

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Land of the Bulgars

I grew up and lived, in the Land of the Bulgars. There, I first learned to speak. There, I planted a walnut. There, I first felt love. There my character was built, in a hell of the past. A time of burden, stupor, and torpor. To live a shared destiny, with others, to see a […]

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The Holding of the Breath

Holding my breath, as if something is about to happen. Listening intently in the quiet. I dreamt of something terrible, then sat down thinking – to describe it, only one word comes to mind: defilement. Of my world, by something, or someone. A word of warning, a reminder to remain vigilant. Now to thoroughly examine […]

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The Sovereign

The Sovereign Breathing in and out in song, lungs burning, set alight by the power of Your names. Bewitched. In this life, as in a time beyond remembrance, led forward by the son of Vasudeva and seduced by the black goddess of Dakshineshwar. I asked, make me a solemn sovereign over myself, and only myself. […]

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The Greatest Triumph

I asked You, Lord, please take me at my Greatest Triumph, and not a moment earlier, not a moment later. In the past, I asked for that, because I was scared of seeing myself in decline. How do I live, except at the mighty summit of life, is there anything else? Then, having rejected that […]

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Opening words

Artwork: Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church, 1862 Art is ever changing and yet eternally constant – bearing a strong resemblance to the material body that grows old, and the soul inside it, which remains unviolated and untouched. Being familiar with the history of art is not obligatory to the personal creative genius, but it is […]