A Story by Kees Kapteyn

Concept: the future is ether, the past is granite, the present is liquid.

The lake. Waves move in a secret rhythm. I try to take a mental snapshot of its pattern on the water and find it frustratingly elusive. I try to lock it in photographic vision and its already changed, fleeting as to elude memory. The lake is as timeless as its water is shapeless, because it's an ever-changing mass, forever in flux, its space forever shifting. You cannot hold water. You can only contain it, like a photograph. A photograph is contained time. You cannot hold onto a moment, but you can contain it, capture it. Although the moment had left, merged with the next that shifts as well into the other, you can record it, and only so.

© 2008 Kees Kapteyn

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The present is certainly liquid, streaming into the future and therefore hard to grasp. I like your way of thinking: the future being described as ether, cannot be described, unless one would be psychic! The past is granite, which evokes solidness, which cannot be changed, however hard we try!

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Kees Kapteyn
Kees Kapteyn

Ottawa, Canada

Resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Self-published his zine 'rhododendron' and two chapbooks: 'grubstreet' and 'coffee salt.' Has been published in,, Novella, Corv.. more..

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