Salvador Dali’s Stop Watch

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The Persistance of Memory, Salvador Dali, 1931, owned by MOMA NYC

There is a long tradition of writers being inspired by visual art and vice versa. I am intrigued by the theme of memory and I really like this piece of Dali’s surrealist art. The original oil lives in the New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. I have seen the original and owned a print that travelled with me for many years as I sojourned from the USA to England and then Ireland.

I wrote a poem today and afterwards I realised that it fit with this, my favourite Dali. (The other is the dream sequence he created for Alfred Hitchcock’s film Spellbound.) Today’s meditation on time and timelessness. This is the kind of stuff we talk about in our house…or on car journeys to collect parcels.

Savador Dali’s Stopwatch

 

when they say

pastpresentfuture

collide

or that

time stops

memory

moment

and hope

are all one

the ticking stops

the clockwork

mechanism

is not broken

just

irrelevant

 

they do not lie

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3 thoughts on “Salvador Dali’s Stop Watch

  1. I must admit I never “got” this painting but your poem just explained perfectly both the painting and the experience I have had of time not being linear & sequential but elastic, circular and irrelevant.

    • I know they call him surrealist, but I see Dali as metaphysical. Even though he may not have consciously been driven by that awareness. He had it to express visually in this painting. A favourite from the 20th century…along with Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo.

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