Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Transparency II

Let's have a look at that list again. It occurs to me that it might better be itemized as follows.

an outstretched hand [his]
a shaking
a matchbox
a failure to evoke
a rattle of matches [not evoked]
a cigarette [one that seemed to have been thrust unnoticed into his mouth]
a mouth [his]
someone else [who seemed to have done the thrusting]
a sudden growth and assertion [of the cigarette, solid, soulless, and static]
a whole life [also his]
a concentration
a single desire to smoke

Okay . . . now we have our work cut out for us.


Gary Norris said...

but i already quit smoking.

Laura Carter said...

Me, too, mostly. Don't talk about this too much.

Thomas Basbøll said...

Sorry, I hadn't considered the woes of ex-smokers. I suppose there is some measure of cruelty in this. That, too, may be a telling feature of the crystogram.