Time Flies and Other Insects


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At the Louvre I couldn’t help noticing a couple of fascinating time pieces that very much stood out in their collection of XVII-XVIII century watches. I am giving you here a bigger, fancier example, because the picture of the second, more abstract skull-watch looks blurry. I must add that I ended up in that section of the museum almost by accident and was practically on my way out. Most of my visit I had spent among the Dutch paintings. I like their flowers. Many of those bouquets are teaming with life: birds, lizards, snakes, snails, frogs, caterpillars, beetles, bees, dragonflies, butterflies and just ordinary house flies. Hell! That’s exactly what I thought — the after-life, eschatology, feast in the times of plague, or rather the other way around — eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow the critters will feast upon you; for flowers do represent that thing of ephemeral beauty called life. Then I looked at my watch, sighed and mumbled hell again.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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