The Hidden Man

Stabroek Market

Now to absorb and be absorbed again

 and in such fashion marry to the world

 Sky blue, grass green, glittering moon.

 Dust white, bones naked – beautiful world!

 No mark, no madness like this sanity.

 At a bright day’s end the dark sky will hide us

 dream time will guard us, night will mend our being

 yet wind will wake us, rain drench every doorway.

 Now to absorb and be absorbed again

 and in such fashion marry to the world.

 City moon clad, black tree domestic, dreary

 doormouth gaping

 earth no mother, sky no father, space no home in comfort:

 No mark, no madness like this sanity.

 At a dark night’s end a darker night will choke us

 night claws wil rend us, gloom lay bare our being

 and smoke engulf us, swirling in our faces.

                                                                                    How to absorb or be absorbed again?

Martin Carter , The Hidden Man (1952)

Photograph courtesy of Nikhil Ramkarran

Check out more of Nikhil’s awesome photographs at: Bad Light, Good Light

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One thought on “The Hidden Man

  1. This is what I like about artistic expression, you have done something I wouldn’t have thought to do, associate Martin Carter’s The Hidden Man with a Nikhil Ramkarran photo! While its not a perfect marriage, I can see the threads that connect them and those threads draw me further into the photo than I had done before.

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