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(mise en abyme by Ben Heine - Cartoons)

Prosperity is like a sewing needle. The same point that draws the thread through the fabric strengthening it can pick the stitch apart, thus weakening it. The prosperity of the masses strengthens the social fabric; the prosperity of the few weakens it and makes it more receptive to manipulation.

If beads of sweat fall on barren soil, then the link between effort and reward is broken, and the masses turn for reassurance to your puerile vision of strength through childish swaggering. Scores of John Wayne movies have convinced them that the drawl of a simpleton is a sign of leadership. (


The needle enters the thin skin
In its tap-tap-tapestry of stitch,
And we, the patient, wince.
Flinch at every drawn thread,
Recoil from the truths pinch
Tap-tap-tapping out infantile dread.

The eye, pulling our fiber through-
It’s a horrified thing, this heave,
This hard and cold exactitude,
It takes bravery to finish it…

Closing up the wide open wound
Laying flat upon our dim streets
Where loss flaunts his maddened
Feet, tap-tap-tapping out his beat,
Awash in blood, he smiles and grins
Wrapping his cackle `round our sins
As foolish love weeps for the fallen.

The needle hasn’t love or weeping.

Tap tap tap…

Copyright © 2006 mrp / thepoetryman

Mise en abyme has several meanings in the realms of creative arts and literary theory. The term is originally from the French and means, "placing into infinity" or "placing into the abyss".
Western art "mise en abyme" is a formal technique in which an image contains a smaller copy of itself, the sequence appearing to recur infinitely. The term originated in heraldry, describing a coat of arms which appears as a small shield in the center of a larger one. See Droste effect.
film, the meaning of "mise en abyme" is similar to the artistic definition but also includes the idea of a "dream within a dream". For example, a character awakens from a dream and later discovers that they are still dreaming. Activities which are similar to dreaming, such as unconsciousness and virtual reality, are also described as "mise en abyme". This is seen in the film eXistenZ where the two protagonists never truly know whether they are out of the game or not.
literary criticism, "mise en abyme" is a type of frame story, in which the main narrative can be used to sum up or encapsulate some aspect of the framing story. The term is used in deconstruction and deconstructive literary criticism as a paradigm of the intertextual nature of language, the way language never quite reaches the foundation of reality because it refers in a frame-in-frame way to other language, which refers to other language, etc.

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