I wanted the moments of my life to follow each other and order themselves like those of a life remembered. I might as well try to catch time by the tail.--Jean Paul Sartre
So I've been undulating on the foamy swells of the Amorphilacious-Antaginons (aka Facebook) for over a week now and despite the occasional vertiginous crests and the stray stomach-sinking lulls, I feel like I might survive the scare. After all, what's a few soul-wrenching, psyche-anguishing, despair-inducing confrontations with yourself as The Other? That is, yourself as the you-that-once-was. That is, the you-that-is breaching the Nothing, reaching through stubbornly unsubstantial time, and faintly touching the you-that-was as a candle-flame might touch the fog.
Believe in ghosts, Ether, believe because they're out there. They resemble you: in the gleam of an eye or in the turn of a lip or in the cross of the legs. They remind you of you. They are you. Even when you're looking at someone-else-as-they-once-were it's just the you-as-The Other still stuck in the Nothingness of what once was but is no more--textbook case of Ghost encounter. Shiver.
To put it another way, all these old pictures of old friends and old mes gives me heebie-jeebie-willies.
One may say that the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
– Albert Einstein
Remember sallow afternoons when we
Would count the passing cars and itemize
By color? Brother, I had open eyes
And gaping ears. I learned lessons for free
That you had bought by sitting in a class.
Who knew that stars were relatively still,
But you? You knew that salt would kill
A slug by shriveling it and that glass
Was made by blowing into glowing sand.
Remember pinching lightning bugs to smear
Our faces green and yellow? We would stand
At neighbors’ windows peering in like ghouls,
(Like what? I asked, secretly cramped with fear.
Like ghosts, you said) no smarter pair of fools.