The Beginning is in the Stopping

Something stops. This is the beginning. Roland Barthes writes about how he loves to leave a movie theatre. How it’s after the movie stops that the experience begins. Emily Dickinson points out that when the bells stop ringing, the church service begins. And when the cogs in a wheel stop, someone has arrived. It’s then that the visitors step out of the carriage, you can finally see a hand, a face. These moments are ‘Positive’, are ‘Circumference’, are ‘Ultimate’.

When Bells stop ringing — Church — begins –
The Positive — of Bells —
When Cogs — stop — that’s Circumference —
The Ultimate — of Wheels.

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