Thursday, February 25, 2010

Analect 2.665x



25 February 2010. Round and nubby cloud shapes packed close in northern sky, one open lane of blue...

A boat on the Volga, on a moody black-and-white day, indeterminate past. A verb of motion, khodit' for example--the general sense of action rather than an act of going per se. In the perfective--a movement in one direction. Uglich to Saratov--like the river itself...

Lesley Chamberlain's book, from years ago. Volga, Volga, named for the film from Stalin's time, a location revisited after the Soviet fall. Names of ancient towns as well. Odd Russian byways on an unending stream...

1 comment:

hilaryadk said...

The simplicity of a boat being towed. It moves quite differently than the boat under power or sail. And then there is the movement of the river or tide. .Analogies.