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Lera Auerbach, The Trouble Clef

Making an Inventory [by Lera Auerbach]


Bruegel Sky - Fragment [Photo by Lera Auerbach]
Bruegel's Sky - Fragment [Photo by Lera Auerbach]

To live, one must make an inventory:

Item 1: The sky. It is everywhere.


Item 2: People. There are many of them.


Item 3: It is hard to believe, but there are still birds. They occupy space between people and the sky. Sometimes they touch the heavens; sometimes they touch the earth.


Item 4: Conceptual thinking.


Item 5: Garbage cans. Discarded objects, personal treasures no longer loved such as broken limbs of dolls.


Item 6: Cars. Be aware of them.


Item 7: The rest of the world.


The dead are watching the shadows caused by light. 

Inside of each shadow, a small invisible death is practicing the art of dying.


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