Monday, November 09, 2009

Bread and circuses

What does a king do
in the republic of pain? Give them
bread and circuses like any king,
the bread of memory and the circuses of forgetting,
bread and nostalgia.

- Yehuda Amichai (translated from the Hebrew by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld), from Open Closed Open


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Bread and circuses. Memory and forgetting. What makes life possible and what makes it worthwhile.

I too would believe in the trapeze of oblivion, if I could only forget the dry taste in my mouth.

3 comments:

Meghana Naidu said...

genius.
...the dry taste in my mouth... sheer genius

adee said...

ummmm
the pleasures of democracy
of dry mouths and drier eyes
of the breads of memory and circuses of angst and forgetting, forgiving

i don't know if u wud like to have more visitors here, but m sharing these posts with the world out there

:)

kawal said...

jst 1 word. "wow'