Oliver Wendell Holmes (1858)
The Deacon’s Masterpiece, or The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay
Have you heard of the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay,
That was built in such a logical way,
It ran for a hundred years to the day.
All of a sudden it - - ah but stay.
I’ll tell you what happened without delay
You see of course, if you’re not a dunce.
How it went to pieces all at once-
All at once but nothing first,
Just as bubbles do when they burst.
“How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But the picture will remain always young… If it were the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that - for that - I would give everything.”
Marcel Proust (1909) A la Recherche du Temps Perdu
A intense childhood memory was triggered by the taste of tea and a madeleine cake.