Tongue in Cheek



There’s an angular disturbance in your cheek

in a certain orientation

of my mind-

blowing (nothing trivial word-discounting)

Of a gear-shifting magnitude

A tenable image of God in you

While you in your Frankenstein suit

Faith-heal starbursts of chemicals


Leaping soups of subjectivity

Unending trajectory of asymptotic insanity

As if  I could never see you, my love,

But for the angular disturbance in your cheek.

(movie image: Peter Cushing as Victor Frankenstein)

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Renoir and Dickens: Two Quotes



Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859):

 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair …



363px-Auguste_Renoir_-_Young_Girls_at_the_Piano_-_Google_Art_ProjectThe great French artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, suffered so much from rheumatoid arthritis that it was difficult for him to paint due to progressive deformities in his hands and shoulders. The painting on the left, “Young Girls at the Piano” (1892), was done when he first developed the disease.

Yet when a friend said, “You have done enough. Why do you torture yourself?” Renoir replied, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”


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