“………..the mummies were entirely petrified, and could have been carried from one place to another like blocks hewn from a quarry. There were four of them, and they represented four different types of microcephalic mankind, the sort who lived in the world during the Metallic Age, the period between the nineteenth and twenty-second centuries. However, craneoscopic examination did show that they had attained a certain degree of mental development, roughly of the level of apodic man, that is ‘man without feet’, which existed during the age known as the Metallic Age, or the Movement Age.”
Life and death are but a dream
and all the world in dreams is grown;
dream is life itself to a man,
dream is death to the stone.
On your closed and dreaming eyes
one idea is drawn:
” Worth far more than a man who sees
is the blindness of the stone.”
The Ruins of Granada
1899 – Ángel Ganivet (Translated by Marian Womack)
It looks a lot like a murder –
The usual cold case ,……….
20 or maybe 30 years old,
but Now –
a case 5,300 years old,……
TIME & SPACE RECEDES –
Finally, the Truth arrives –
probably from quite a distance,
about 30m –
not a close-contact killing;
it’s a distance of the heart,………… Killing.
“If there was Hate,
if it was Jealousy,
if it was Revenge,……
we will not be able to tell you.”
He was the Other.
The Heart has reasons, that Reason knows not.
A heated heart turns cold,
hot blood pleads with frozen ground –
rock hard sky & ice bear witness.
…..the Stone Age hunter – who was felled by an arrow that penetrated his left shoulder, causing him to fall and hit his head on a Stone, after which he bled to death – has proved just as popular as a tourist attraction. “The figure of Ötzi, with his mythical grandeur, allowed us to look into the past to see what it tells us about the present,…..”
Source: The Guardian -stone age survivor Ötzi
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1. The image was a blend of my oven pan abstracts and a reconstruction of Ötzi’s face. The composition was my attempt to emulate Richard Guest’s intriguing portrait sketch – also see his post Paintings for the homes of our new Brexit rulers.
2. The Ruins of Granada” (1899) is unique in that it is one of Spain’s first speculative fiction stories and its author, Ángel Ganivet (1865 — 1898), was known mostly for his “serious” writing which helped genre fiction enter the mainstream of Spanish literature. It combines prose and verse, and is influenced in narrative form by contes philosophiques ( philosophical dialogue tales ) You can read the full translation by Marian Womack on the Weird Fiction Review at the links provided.
3. The haunting vocal performance by Katya Chilly carries a primal emotional power that conveys both the distant past, and the uncertain horizon of the future.
4. I incorporated found poetry and Haiku stanza in the text of this post. Links to sources of the text are found within the lines.