Saturday, April 23, 2011

I am the shadow of the waxwing slain ...

2011.04.23-IMG_2463 by martin_kalfatovic
2011.04.23-IMG_2463, a photo by martin_kalfatovic on Flickr.
A day late, but happy birthday Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (22 April 1899 - 2 July 1977).

I am the shadow of the waxwing slain
By the false azure in the windowpane:
I was the smudge of ashen fluff -- and I
Lived on, flew on, in the reflected sky
- Pale Fire

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the prenatal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for.
- Speak, Memory

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