“Ephemeral Unity” from “Remembering Eternity”

“The perfect beauty of his Oneness with everything: of sitting merged with the ocean that pulsed with his heartbeat; of melting into the sand, undifferentiated from it; of gazing at the stars while simultaneously staring down from them—gave way to the taste of bittersweetness, the bittersweetness of mortal life itself, of its exquisite, fragile joys […]

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“Spring and Memories” from “Remembering Eternity”

“The potent, muskiness of the wisteria smelled like the perfume of a woman he could no longer have. The lighter, lily-of-the-valley fragrance of the forsythia recalled innocence long lost. Sturdy, dimpled, violaceous blooms of magnolia reminded him of the youthful exuberance of Mayfield Street and the languor of the Deep South, all of which states […]

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“Flowers” from “Remembering Eternity”

“The profusion of shapes, textures, and colors of flowers stunned the observer’s senses. The perfumes floating on the breeze, ranging from light and sweet to dense and rich, caused him to momentarily fall in love with life. The grounds might have been a many-acred maternity ward: new life cried forth from swards, walls, trees, bushes, […]

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“In the Country” from “Remembering Eternity”

“So it pleased Skylar to see fields, trees, bushes, and streams; white-tailed deer and fox squirrels; American crows, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, and song sparrows: with hardly a man in sight. Why was it, he wondered, that human beings and their creations, as much a part of nature as everything else that appeared in the material […]

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“Midwest Scenery” from “Remembering Eternity”

“The Midwest revealed itself as an endless series of farms: vast fields of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa spread even and green over hundreds of acres. In a far corner of the expansive fields squatted a two-story, white-clapboard farmhouse on whose square-columned porch sat a rocking chair and beside it, a swing attached by chains to […]

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“Lonely Walk” from “Remembering Eternity”

“Sometimes, when he found himself inspired, Skylar overcame the combined influences of submission-to-a-hard-fate, fatigue, mild depression, and serious self-pity and arose like Lazarus, came out of his bedroom cave, and went for a walk. He loved these walks. A light shining out from the window of a house on a distant block evoked feelings of […]

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“Transcendence” from “Remembering Eternity”

“The world’s weight, which had, throughout his life, cut into Skylar’s shoulders painfully like a bamboo pole supporting the heavy water buckets carried by a frail village woman, disappeared and with it, the world itself. Remaining motionless against the pillows, eyes shut, the experimenter did not come face-to-face-with (for there was no opposition of self […]

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“Spiritual Lovemaking” from “Remembering Eternity”

“Romance—and physical contact formed the pith of romance to the youth—was a matter of timelessness; one had to forget the world and time and lose oneself in the worship, the divine magic, of the loved one. One had to fall deeply into a trance of childlike discovery, encountering and appreciating each new treat as if […]

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