Wednesday, September 18, 2019

they fade away too

Image result for fading away art

Words tend to last a bit longer than things, 
but eventually they fade too,
 along with the pictures they once evoked.
 Entire categories of objects disappear - flowerpots, for example,
 or cigarette filters, or rubber bands - and for a time
 you will be able to recognize those words,
 even if you cannot recall what they mean.
 But then, little by little, the words become only sounds,
 a random collection of glottals and fricatives, 
a storm of whirling phonemes, and finally the whole thing
 just collapses into gibberish.

Paul Auster
from In the Country of Last Things
with thanks to whiskey river