12.28.2021 – right now a moment

right now a moment
of time is passing us by
capture that moment

This quote:

Right now a moment of time is fleeting by! Capture its reality in paint! To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment, make ourselves a sensitive recording plate … Give the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been seen before our time.

is attributed to the painter, Paul Cezanne by the Cezanne’s biographer and business partner, Joachim Gasquet.

I went searching for a quote on time and a moment of time and this one seemed to work.

I went searching old school.

I got out my hard cover, printed copy of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (17th Edition).

Cheating in a way to look for quotes to turn into Haiku but then I think of what Winston Churchill said (and he said a lot).

Specifically, I mean, what Mr. Churchill said about Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.

Writing in an early autobiography effort, Roving Commission: My Early Life, published in 1930, Mr. Churchill wrote, “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently.

The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.

They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.”

When I started writing this blog to myself, I wrote, “With my haiku’s, I feel if I can pull an obscure bit of text from a forgotten book or poem, I can help reset the clock on that book or poem in the worlds collective consciousness.”

I think this lines up nicely with Mr. Churchill’s, “They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.”

ANYWAY, I needed a quote on time and the moment in time.

I needed this because of two photographs that were taken over the holiday weekend.

My wife and I were at my daughters’ home in Atlanta.

We had traveled to Atlanta to be with our kids and grand kidz to celebrate Christmas.

During the gift giving / unwrapping stage, my wife and I, on opposite sides of the room, had our phones out and took a pictures at about the same moment in time.

We appear in each others photograph.

A moment in time.

Passing us by.

Captured from both sides.

We are that moment.

right now a moment
of time is passing us by
capture that moment

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