The Waters of Lethe -------------------------------------------
We kneel, naked and willing, by the river
awaiting baptism in the waters of Lethe
an eager embrace to erase
all the lessons our ancestors never learnt.
And after the slate has been wiped clean
we rush out to make the same mistakes
This piece contains so many elements and is like a little cosmos of example. Yes, we observe history, aback, and still can not see the forest through the trees we have planted upon the experience past.
What an interesting take on baptism, and, I've learned a little Greek in this wonderful write of yours. Excellent word choices. It starts out strong, and, in my opinion, ends strong.
The only thing I noticed was, "I tell you" seems out of character with the rest of the write.
This is an ironic take on history, I think. 'Eager to erase the lessons our ancestors never learnt'. Making the same mistake over and over again. This is because history is not so much wasted as it is neglected or taken for granted; the men who record it page by page never learn from its lessons, which is its essential purpose in our existence.
I love the imagery in the first few lines, too. Beautiful work.
This is kind of an ironic take on history, I think. 'Eager to erase the lessons our ancestors never learnt'. To make the same mistake over and over again. I can also see some subtle reflection on religion's part in that.
History is wasted on men who never learn from it, which is the essential purpose of its existence.
Nice points, I loved the brief imagery you give in the first few lines.