Wednesday, November 04, 2009

For Discussion Purposes Only or an Analysis of Thymos (θυμός) through the Socratic Method

the primal cry of the snail on the mirror
can be reduced to the wish of I want to be seen

is the ur-text of its desire self-inflicted
or is this distress encoded in the shimmering
silver of the snail's slime
or the widening whorl of its shell

in comparison another whine concomitant
with the first is I have been seen

so what do they mean these two cries
one of shame another of desire
the first a prayer of un-concealment
the second a fear of revelation

what sires these contradictory impulses
these diverse wishes of desire