Monday, November 05, 2012

A while ago I saw a photo of a sculpture by an Italian artist with a baby tree carved inside of an older tree, full size and towering and vulnerable. It shows all the layers inside the tree, all of the things it has seen and never otherwise mentioned, all the years it has kept all locked up inside other years. In these trees you can see right through the past.

They do this with bones too, of course, and I can't say it's not tempting, opening up the insides of our bones to let the air all through. The carving might not be the most pleasant thing, but we could turn our bones into lace and see all the seconds we've lost to time.

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