There are non-material forces, which cannot be measured precisely, but which nonetheless carry weight.”

– Umberto Eco

The evidence shows that this is how the murder was committed”

– From “A Fratricide”– Franz Kafka


In this great future, you can’t forget your past”.

-Bob Marley

The First Mourning – William-Adolphe Bouguereau

The First Mourning – William-Adolphe Bouguereau


Conscience strikes ten-nineteen!

I returned to Memory where every one here had a fantastic alibi.

But Memory remembers the fratricide that crested the fortified hill.

Comrade, How do you plug a leaking memory?


An island is just a puny plot; a scar upon the water, according to Cesaire.*

Islands are too small to retain memory and hard feelings;smallness smothers the senses.

But how do you forget a blood-drenched memory?


Memory taunts a flaccid conscience and incites a moral unease.

What do you do when you wake up to Bouguereau’s The First Mourning?

Comrade, How will we wade through October’s crimson lavalasse?


*“Islands that are scars upon the water”- taken from Aime Cesaire’s Return to My Native Land.


Caldwell Taylor

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