The Only True Idea

Music: Fugue in A Minor.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.

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Nicholas Gordon

The only true idea
Is a dead idea:
Living marble,
Like a Michelangelo mausoleum
Or Keats' Grecian urn.

Live ideas are like people:
They bustle and jostle in the marketplace,
Are vain, possessive,
Wear makeup,
Lie to get their way.

One could no more live without ideas
Than without people.
Yet, as with people,
One would be a fool
To believe them absolutely.

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