Makes Sense

Makes sense

joel seath

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Brevity and succinctness are often misunderstood. Put a piece, a very short story, up for peer review and — though it may receive favourable feedback — there’s often a comment tacked on: ‘It feels like it could be developed into something longer.’ This entirely misses the point.

If it’s good in its brevity, there may be a lingering after the reading. The reader may not remember every word, or every detail, every placement of every subtlety, but they may be left with the possibility of the piece playing around in their mind. Sometimes, that playing is the embodiment of the tale itself; sometimes the piece read may turn itself towards the reader, asking ‘so, how do you feel?’; sometimes, a reader’s other memories may rise to the surface as a result.

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We all live in a dying body

We all live in a dying body

Felicia's Insights & Travels

I am dying,

but my body stays for now.

The movie that my life was,

plays the way it should,

but much slower

as I have special luxury of time.

So, when one emotion comes,

there is time to make the call

and find out in forty years

what has changed, in which way growth

has occurred, or not at all.

All that it has been, still is,

and participants they are in my death

those of the past,

that no longer seem like gone.

I will keep my body now,

but new human I’ll emerge,

and it is a choice I make

to leave body when I’m done.

All the wisdom’s coming back

from all lives that started

way before the known and written,

even in the oral tales,

there is left so little.

Memory is coming back, quickness of the knowing,

body moves in leaps and bounds towards…

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