T.S. Eliot opens the first of his Four Quartets (Burnt Norton) with the following lines:
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
How stunningly appropriate that a collection of poems with a musically evocative title – Quartets – begins with an expression of the circularity of time. These words perfectly encapsulate what I was saying about rhythmic integrity.
What we are able to do expressively with rhythm flows from what already happened. What we are doing in the moment holds the possibility of a blossoming to come.