Like his daughter Athena, time stops where he’s concerned.  Time-free flight – perhaps one day we will master that too, taking off vertically from Paris, hovering in the heavens for a few hours until New York catches up and we gently descend a spiral staircase of air.  I like Logue’s use of light as a simile for silence – elsewhere he refers to the sea being ‘quiet as light’.


Brighter than day His shadow; silent as light

The footprint of His time-free flight

Down the Nile’s length, across the Inland Sea …


Source: Christopher Logue, War Music, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 38

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