Monday Morning Musings:
What is Left Behind?
“What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind?”
― V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
“To be a Flower, is profound
–Emily Dickinson, “Bloom”
Secrets left beside rocks
in sharp-toothed winter and
between summer’s lazy cat blooms
death the void, a life erased
a vanished glow
cosmic dust in our veins,
our carbon footprints, traces of supernovas—
we carry the castoffs of stars—winged things
that whipped through winds, rushed through rivers
into sea and air—captured there—
We’re not remembered, we can’t recall
the distant ancestors that began us
like bees to flowers, a profound responsibility–
we hold the infinite within, the ghostly gleam
of ancient splendor, the radiance of beginning.
Today is Memorial Day, the day we commemorate American soldiers who have died (different from Veteran’s Day in November). I abhor war, and yet I’m thankful for all who fought during WWII to defeat fascists and authoritarian governments, and support those who fight against them today. It makes me furious that there are people who are fine with such horrible ideas, but who wave flags about and call themselves patriots. And don’t get me started on the people who wave US flags and Confederate or flags with Nazi symbols. We literally fought wars against both.
I read a novel recently that I really liked, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, about a woman who makes a bargain with a dark god of night, that allows her to live on for centuries, but no one remembers her. I had put the quotation above, and then I read Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters from an American post today, where she wrote of a soldier who died in WWII:
“but I am haunted by the holes those deaths rip forever in the social fabric: the discoveries not made, the problems not solved, the marriages not celebrated, the babies not born.”
It made me think about how even when we’re forgotten, traces of us remain.
I also recently read a NY Times article about how scientists can collect DNA from the environment and what ethical questions have to now be resolved.
And speaking of ethical questions, we streamed a movie, The Artifice Girl, which is all about that. An AI “girl” is created to catch child predators, but the movie is really about if or when she should be considered a person. Should she be asked for her consent to do what she does? The movie is structured like a play, and I think it would be an excellent stage play. It is classified as sci-fi, but it is movie of talking, not action. (You know, a Merril movie. 😉)
We also watched the first season of Astrid, a French mystery series that we enjoyed quite a bit. (We’re watching it on PBS Passport.) We’ll start the second season later in the week. It’s called Astrid et Raphaëlle in France. Raphaëlle is a police office, and Astrid is a criminal archivist who is autistic. They begin to work together and eventually become friends.
Tonight, we plan to watch the final episode of Mrs. Maizel—Memorial Maizel.
Some random food pictures:
This is NOT a cat that I saw this morning.