Tuesday, September 7, 2010

worshipful movements of humans through space, part 6: a genuflection is a stapling

Saint Jerome
by Georges de la Tour

Of sitting, kneeling and standing, kneeling is the most precarious and most difficult to endure. When you are kneeling, you don't forget that you're kneeling. A genuflection stops you in your tracks and freezes your existence. It staples you to the present, only for a moment, then releases you. At the moment of genuflection you are nowhere else but in a state of genuflection, falling from a standing position onto a precariously buckling leg.