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A History of the Facts (Stein Poem)

December 10, 2011

Sat Dec 10 22:03:17 2011

This is a history of the facts.
There is no more to do with them.
Now there is no use in them and now.
One at a time and at once.
Moment by moment they seem the future.
Of these things. Large pigeons and trees.
Every one who is working.
The thought that objects are affirmed.
This is the language of reference.
There is use and it is articulate.
They are not better when they represent.
Slowly this comes out of awareness.
Since everything is uninterrupted.
This is beyond the limits of objects.
This and not divisible into facts.
There is no history in language.
Slowly this comes clearly out from each one.
The tender and the will and beginning.
The lamp and mind of responsiveness.
What is manifest in words.

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Gertrude Stein (Selections), GERTBOT Base Nature Texts
Longchen Rabjam (tr. Richard Barron), The Precious Treasury of the Way of Abiding
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

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