7 hours ago
Friday, October 8, 2010
Dead before birth. Inanimate.
Constant, continued until now, continuing.
(Is the word somehow etymologically related to steal? And what of one of the oldest definitions, the noun connoting the apparatus used to distill liquor?)
Also: to subdue, allay, relieve (verbs). To stop the movement or activity of. To appease. To lull, soothe, cause to cease from weeping. To silence.
Without change, interruption, or cessation; continually, constantly, invariably, always. Indicating a continuance of a previous action or condition. In a further degree. Notwithstanding. Yet. As ever.
Are these various and seemingly contradictory definitions somehow related?
And yet. Even so. All the same.
Now as previously. Up to this time.
Paralyzed. Unmoving. Stuck. Etc.
Constant: yes. Always: yes. Without change or cessation: yes. Remaining in the same position and attitude: unquestionably yes. But calm? No. Free from commotion? No, ma'am. Appeased or soothed? No and no.
Always, yes, always, as ever, notwithstanding, all the same: Yes. Yet: still. Even so: yes. Even so: still.
But still. Still and all. Stillborn. Still life. Be still my heart.
And yet, all the same, even so: Yes. Always. Still.