Le paradis n'est pas artificiel …

March 02, 2007

We Will Never Have Been Our Stories

We were never
  our stories yesterday

We will be
  our stories today

We were
  our stories tomorrow

We are
  our stories now

thoughts behind this poem

This is an experiment with the expandable possibilities of irreducible forms. This poem is built on the syntax,

NP VP
NP

Grammatically, this means that each stanza is a variation of:

[n.] ([v.] +/ adv.)
[n.] [adv.]

Presuming apostrophes as part of the "invisible punctuation", one can infer an alternate second verse form:

[n.] [n.]

Each second verse is also structured as a meditation on the gerund of to be. If considered as a synonym of being, the noun stories functions interchangeably with being on both the semantic and the syntactic levels.

Add tense to the picture, and things become really exciting!

I think I should go outside now.


Posted by delire at March 2, 2007 04:51 PM
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