the ether’s dare

Erich Fromm contrasts two essential ways of existence, “To have” and “To be”. To have is to possess, the state of the oppressor, perennially seeking excess of ownership, obliterating the past onward to an infinite present. To be, on the other hand, is to engage with the world in a state of love. To be is to transform the world, the past being the oracle of possibility where the sky begins to broach the ether’s dare.

When sky begins to broach
the ether’s dare, the

panther of each thumb, each
slice of hair on a morning’s

rub of ear and mother, you
hear the sound of antecedents.

4 comments on “the ether’s dare

  1. Melissa Shaw-Smith says:

    Huzaifa, great concept and a little gem of a poem to frame it!

    • huzaifazoom says:

      Thanks 🙂
      Although I had come across Fromm many years ago, it was only after reading Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” that I understood Fromm in context.

  2. Lola Elvy says:

    Great last image: ‘the sound of antecedents’.

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