Marcel Proust – The intermittences of the heart

“For the intermittences of the heart are closely linked to the troubles of memory. Without doubt, it is the existence of our body, to us akin to a jar in which our spiritual nature is enclosed, that leads us to suppose that all our inner wealth, our past joys, all our sorrows, are perpetually in our possession.” (translation by John Lyons)

A thought for the day, taken from Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu. Proust’s monumental exercise in voluntary memory, in which he seeks to reclaim the narrative of his past life, is permeated with episodes of involuntary memory, some ecstatically joyful, others full of the pain of loss and lost love.

Disjecta Membra

What are our memories
            but living thoughts
and feelings
            our minds a ragbag
of experiences
            of hopes and dashed
expectations
            of moments of tenderness
set against the shifting veil
            of darkness and light
and that never-ending tussle
            between precision
perfection
            and sheer chaos

John Lyons 

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