Or say that the end precedes the beginning,
And the end and the beginning were always there
Before the beginning and after the end.
And all is always now. Words strain,
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still.
-T. S. Eliot, from “Burnt Norton”, Collected Poems 1909–1935, 1936
[Image: Henk Helmantel, Rembrandt’s krijt-lijmpot, 2000]