An American Sentence in 12 words
Inspired by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z”l (1907 – 1972)
The Sabbath is a #palace constructed in time, rather than in space.
The prompt: #palace (#storyin12)
What’s an ‘American Sentence’?
Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing the line count freed the American Sentence up for the idiosyncrasies of English phonemes.
- Composed in one line;
- Syllabic, 17 syllables;
- Condensed, written with no unnecessary words or articles;
- Complete sentence or sentences;
- Includes a turn or enlightenment.
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27 thoughts on “Time, or: Space”
Beautiful insight into time/space. i am equally intrigued by the reference to palace, suggesting the beautiful and wondrous architecture of the human and spiritual interaction found at the Sabbath.
R. Heschel describes the Sabbath as a palace in time in his famed book:
This idea really speaks to me.
I discovered today, in talking about this book with the family, that my daughter-in-law attended classes at Dartmouth taught by Heschel’s daughter, Susan.
How 😎 cool!
So it remains then, now, and forever. A very beautiful statement. 🙂
❤ Terveen ❤
❤ Thanks so much, Sarah ❤
The metaphor of Sabbath as a #palace constructed in time, spaceless.
Spaceless is timeless, and vice versa; when is where, this Sabbath #palace.
On Sabbath, does mind rest spacetime in peace, constructing #palace of thought?
“I want to know God’s thoughts … the rest are details.” Albert Einstein
Very kind, David, 🙂 The beauty in the eye of this beholder, for which I’m grateful this Sabbath, is the level of thought behind your post’s title question and 12-word american sentence, and reference to Rabbi Heschel, whom no doubt was privy to the thoughts Einstein famously said he wanted to know, everything else, like space and time, being mere details. Anyway, such thoughts my palace construct in a manner that may be dismantled and reassembled en route. 🙂
I get it. But I really never felt this way, even when I kept Shabbat and even when I enjoyed it
🤷 JYP 🤷 ~ I’m very fond of this particular concept.
Always, the sabbath is within
💜 Abi 💜
Yes a royal palace within ♥
Yes a royal palace
I like this! I used to be very into Rabbi Heschel, although I haven’t read any of his books for a while.
😀 שבת שלום ומבורך 😀
And to you!
I like that thought. We always carry it within. (K)
❤ 🙂 Kerfe 🙂 ❤
Beautiful sentence, dear David! ❤️
😘 Jane 😘
Thank you, David 😘
😍 Lauren 😍