These short poems & quasi-essays are experiments & explorations. I also merge pictures and text to create a third meaning from the two. Like Nietzsche I want to say in 30 words or less what others take hundreds to say. I am both a photographer and a writer and my visual and written work have been widely published. Text, design & research by me, Rick Doble unless otherwise noted. Images are from commons.wikimedia.org unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Janus, Roman God of January by Rick Doble
the Roman two-headed god
of cold January
looks both ways
to the past
and to the future
the year beginning and ending
Patterns of frost on a window.
He is the god
dead trees with the promise of leaves
He stares into the distance
at the still cold point
of the sun's travel
A depiction of another ancient god associated with the passage of time, the winged primordial Greek god Chronos who was the god of time, illustrating the flight of time or that time flies. "The triumphs of Petrarch. The triumph of time; Chronos as a winged figure with two crutches riding on a cart drawn by two stags to right; accompanied by figures ordered according to their age, from young children at right to an old man at left; in right background two children with a walking-frame; from a series of six engravings. c.1539 Engraving." British Museum
"Chronos [ED: the ancient Greek god of time] as a winged figure with two crutches riding on a cart" an hour glass at his feet (detail from the above engraving).
Text, editing, research & design by Rick Doble. All images are from commons.wikimedia.org unless otherwise noted.