Sight, Surface, and Texture

Wisdom is one thing. It is to know the thought by which all things are steered through all things.

— Heraclitus, fragment 41 (Burnet translation)

At one time they are all brought together into one order by Love; at another, they are carried each in different directions by the repulsion of Strife, till they grow once more into one and are wholly subdued.

— Empedocles, from fragment 26 (Burnet translation)

To perceive textures
is to see what hands might feel —
to touch through focus.

To focus is to search —
distinguishing in the mind,

All vision is one,
till our minds touch the surface,
and find the textures.

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