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Bird(th)s of Paradise

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Michel Jouvet/ Le sommeil et le rêve
Je pense à la fameuse scène du puits de la grotte de Lascaux. ..
On y voit un homme étendu qui semble dormir en érection, les bras écartes.
Un oiseau s’envole à côté de lui. Devant lui, une lance brisée et un bison blessé, perdent ses viscères.

…les épisodes de sommeil paradoxal…

…pour aller vagabonder à travers l’espace et le temps…

…érection et oiseau…

…une possible interprétation du rêve…

The Paradox of Sleep – The Story of Dreaming
On the cover of my translation of Michel Jouvet’s book (MIT Press, 1999) we see the famous well scene in the Lascaux cave, painted 18,000 years ago by our Cro-Magnon ancestors. A man lies with his arms outstretched, apparently sleeping soundly. A bird is perched beside him. In front of him are a wounded bison, with its entrails hanging out, and a broken spear. The man has an erection. The association of erection, a well-known feature of the dream state, in a prostrate figure with a bird might suggests that we are looking at a dreamer, dreaming of his desire to kill a bison. His immaterial thoughts are leaving his inert, material body, flying away like a bird to wander through space and time. /Laurence Garey/

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

DEATH is a dialogue between
The spirit and the dust.
“Dissolve,” says Death. The Spirit, “Sir,
I have another trust.”

Death doubts it, argues from the ground.
The Spirit turns away,
Just laying off, for evidence,
An overcoat of clay.

freesound.org, Michel Jouvet, Emily Dickinson, Julie Harris, The Cro-Magnon Painter from Lascaux

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