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  • Writer's pictureMichael Main

tears of embodiment

That spirit should so willfully adhere to flesh is the cause of every tear that is shed, every wall erected, and every outpost racked with iron arms . . .

Plotinus, philosophizing in the stone corridors of corrupt Rome, is said to have been “embarrassed” to have caught himself bound up in a corporeal body- he protested vigorously against the notion of submitting to his ‘likeness’ being depicted in a sculpted bust.

His following, persisting in the admirable folly of ages, nevertheless sketched out the contours his bony face -

They laced their hearts with ambiguity at the task of making ‘Good’ his abstruse sentences, all while he, side-skirting the infinite, baffled his brains across the wavering emanation of papyrus, but with each stroke salving empire’s smarting eyes


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