Talk about strange—in a haunted way:
    Tausk recently told me,
reported Lou Andreas-Salomé,
    how after times of strong

intellectual productivity
    which had been ended forcibly
by a distraction from without,
    though possibly from within,

he would become acutely aware
    of certain lines and forms.
He could stare at the leg of a table,
    an S-shaped ornament’s curve,

as though that swerve suggested a whole
    world of inner relations—
as though he’d observed, at one and the same
    time, all that had gone

into bringing them into being
and found there boundless joy and fulfillment.

Peter Cole, “The Invention of Influence”, in The Invention of Influence