As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty ★★★★★

I feel I need to write something about this, before its images fade, and it becomes indistinguishable from my own memories. What I’ve just seen is an entire lifetime. At first, I did not know whose life it was, as these images came towards me at a high velocity. Blurred. Jangled. Sun damaged. The faces of strangers. The shapes of rooms I have never been in. All of them, like stars or insects, either too big or too small to comprehend before they spattered against the windshield of my television screen. Vanishing upon impact. Turning into a translucent residue that accumulates somewhere inside of me as I keep watching. Five hours of home-movie assault gunking up my memory gears like so much bug splash. Five hours that somehow contains a universe. And yet if I was able to hold everything it had shown me in the cup of my hand, it would seem nearly weightless. It is something I have already been carrying around with me without ever knowing it.

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