(Title piece from a series of Emblemata of the same name).
"Pearls From The Dung Heap" is inspired by Andrea Alciati's book of moral emblems (1546).
My interpretations are based on a selection of ideas from that book. The allegories chosen may offer relevant insights into the behavior, quandaries and possible solutions to contemporary moral maladies.
This series is dedicated to my Mentor, William Van Hettinga.
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Title piece of “Pearls From The Dung Heap”
As pearls from the dung heap assume many forms,
friendly and spherical or baroque and forlorn…
Beauty & Truth stand to All men exposed
whether befouled in pig shit
or in full Sun… Behold!
|Mind, not outward Form, prevails|
The Mind in knowing knows itself,
creates its mask, indeed All else…
the action and the stage and set,
and all the Play in which it rests.
|Many Thorns Hidden in the Roses.|
What price beauty? The Rose, it seems, is free.
Most everyone has felt the jab of the thorn.
Yet, do we carry on. What’s a drop of blood anyway?
A fair bargain for the prize of May...
|Power, lacking Consul, crumbles under it’s own weight. How fallen is the Mighty.|
His weight becomes too great.
He heeded not the warnings…
Black birds now cry - “Too Late ! Too Late!”
|To see ourselves as others see us !|
(The Hunchback sees not his own but sees his neighbor’s)
He sees his neighbor’s but not his own
So accustomed to his flaws
He adopts that mocking tone.
The Truth admitted only when Alone…
|Nature is the Art of God|
and Pascal sought that Gallery out…
Yet the perspective was so complex,
his sphere of vision by such Art was vexed.
“Nature is an infinite sphere, the center of which is everywhere, the circumference nowhere.” - Blaise Pascal
Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face -
or - The Ego attempts to separate itself from Action
What if the Actor left the stage
and in the audience did sit…
because he knew too well the play,
and mistook Reality for it ?
(If Thine Eye Offend Thee)
If you don’t like what you’re seeing,
then Perspective is a tool
which can easily make you wiser…
So why remain a Fool?
|The Crow & the Flatterer are One|
Her folly in fashion was her undoing.
Along came the Flatterer to her a-wooing…
Like the Crow whose cackle is heard far and wide…
so his insincere praise laid her low by and by.
|Unity... Step into the sheath of Beauty|
and let your heart be gay…
The moon and stars gleam in the night…
The Sun shines bright in day.