"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom. I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients." Gustave Courbet

15 March 2021


Firchau, Molson, 2008


There is nothing in the picture
you don’t see. That is, there

is nothing in the picture, but
you can’t see it, as there

is also nothing beyond the picture that
you can see. As you watch

the picture and begin to notice
more, the nothing grows less, but

never less than nothing. For you,
the picture has no separate

being, and, like you, the
nothing in the picture exists.

We teach a child to see a ball, a tree,
a dog, sitting at the moment.

The dog knows little of our confusion, and
calms us with her eyes.

Dan Gerber

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