occurs prior to the appearance of thought.
It is an act of will
of wielding attention in directions of tantalizing memory
toward the unknowable beyond memory
Thoughts are words
concretized positions of attention
made handily accessible
Leap-stones in the imponderable pond of the Unknown.
Convenient ways of anchoring attention
by meaning the memory
roused by similarities between the obvious present moment, now
and a memory or many memories.
because of their linking with
and belonging to
memories . . . . .
memories of persons
memories of ideas
memories of dreams
memories of values
memories of experiences
the basis of recognition
calling up memory
all associated memories
tinge-ing, refracting and pacing experience
moment to moment.
Words are leap-stones on the pond of The Imponderable.
Conveniences for attention --
Attention, too clouded by memory
is too distorted
and does not perceive very clearly or very accurately
and does not assess conditions in a timely way
but lags behind
making many corrections.
Such a one proceeds through life
habits triggered by memory
memory similar to the present
Such a one proceeds
hoping for the best
but not very spontaneously responding.
Slow to respond, and always checking.
Words are a convenient handle
for going from thing to thing
for making general assessments
but not very accurate
for communicating specifics
to one who hasn't experienced something similar,
Life in a daze of words
is attention distorted by memory
the lens of language lending spin and slant
the candle flame of attention
broken by the movement of thinking.
On a windy day,
they call that "ADD" or "ADHD".
Those lost in thought
go from word to word
from memory to memory
into and out of distortion
into and out of focus
in and out of relational participation.
When words take over
memories take over
and things seem as if known
but even the very present moment
as "now" as "now" can get
clothing the movements and positions of
for recognition purposes
since patterns do persist
Even the very present moment
only because we have memories.
Leaping from leap-stone to leap-stone
from thought to thought
from memory to memory
always skirting The Pond of The Imponderable
that no words touch
for words are leap-stones
and The Imponderable is imponderable.
By pondering the leap-stones,
two or three at a time
alternating between them
until memory can hold them both,
new leap-stones appear as the integration of them,
new ways of twisting, turning, and refracting experience
new points of focus, some smaller, some larger,
new ways of placing leap-stones in The Imponderable
and temporarily taking the emergent leap-stones
to be The Imponderable.
But they ain't.
They's jest leap-stones
in The Pond of The Imponderable.