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Black Swan

May 24, 2010

By Annehedonia, with collages by LALALAMBRIT


Black Swan Events were described by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2007 book, “The Black Swan” to explain the existence and occurrence of high-impact, hard-to-predict and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectation. Taleb regards almost all major scientific discoveries, historical events, and ARTISTIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS as “black swans” — undirected and unpredicted. He gives the rise of the Internet, the personal computer, World War I, and the September 11, 2001 attacks as examples of Black Swan Events.


Black Swan
November 2009

Unexpected, unpredicted, unannounced
Emerging from shadow
Merging with darkness
Flash of onyx-blue
Iridescent plumage
On smoke glass water
Soft feathers rustle
Strong pinions beat still air
Kohl-limned eye
Holds your gaze
Sinuous neck

Entreats your touch
Seduced by dark beauty
Male siren song
Heralds things unimagined

Black swan thought he was
The Ugly Duckling
Now challenges
With unapologetic beauty of being

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Celestlyn permalink
    May 26, 2010 12:39 am

    Love the image of Adam as Black Swan. A beautiful image that is apropo on all counts. Add to that the grace, beauty and loyalty of the swan and a vision of Adam is what comes to mind.

  2. annehedonia permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:31 am

    “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” ~ Albert Einstein

    “Synchronicity is an explanatory principle, according to its creator, Carl Jung. Synchronicity explains “meaningful coincidences,” such as a beetle flying into his room while a patient was describing a dream about a scarab. The scarab is an Egyptian symbol of rebirth, he noted. Therefore, the propitious moment of the flying beetle indicated that the transcendental meaning of both the scarab in the dream and the insect in the room was that the patient needed to be liberated from her excessive rationalism. His notion of synchronicity is that there is an acausal principle that links events having a similar meaning by their coincidence in time rather than sequentially. He claimed that there is a synchrony between the mind and the phenomenal world of perception.” ~ from “The Skeptic’s Dictionary”

    Xena ~ Check out the above in regard to your conversation re: Taleb. And then check out the Einstein quotation (one of my all-time most-loved) if you don’t care for Jung’s explanation. Oh, and perhaps there was just a bit more coincidence involved – the example given is that of a scarab, a symbol that’s seemingly important to Adam – he’s worn jewelry and clothing with that symbol more than once.

    I have experienced and definitely believe in those “hidden lines of force in the Universe”, and am most comfortable when they start making themselves prominent in my life. It indicates to me that I’m on the right path, or that something (relatively) momentous is happening. Oh well, I was Pagan when Pagan wasn’t cool. Sort of… my own brand of, I guess… with detours through quantum physics, Taoism, Zen, etc. It’s all a spiritual/artistic/psychological soup to me, but it’s my recipie and I like it! 😉

    And thank you so much for your feedback, fellow posters! It means a lot. LALALAMBRIT, I wanted to say that I had in mind a collage of Adam/swan images for the poem but what you created is SO MUCH BETTER! There’s a fierceness to that collage of his eyes & the swan that’s very appropriate to what the poem turned out to be. It’s great fun to interpret & reinterpret what others have expressed. I do it all the time – in the case of Adam, poems are often suggested by seeing photos. I’m thinking I’ll get some real good’uns as a result of reading “On the Meaning of Adam Lambert”! As you have said LALA, “…how could I not?”

  3. annehedonia permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:42 am

    p.s.: Juneau, maybe that was you that had the Taleb experience? I get corn-fused sometimes. *blush*.

    And while I’m here (yet again!) ~ Midnightwhispers – what you wrote is beautiful. And pretty sexy.

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