Which face to wear?
Looking forward
or back? The past,
both blessing and weight,
does not cease to be,
even as what will be
approaches. To know
both is not possible,
yet one gives insight
to the other. I wear both.

This is my response to Reena’s Xploration Challenge # 264. It’s January, and Reena asks us to consider Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, transitions, and endings, who is depicted as having two faces.

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34 thoughts on “Janus

  1. This is absolutely stellar writing, Ken! ❤️❤️ Janus .. being the god of beginnings .. often puts me in the mind of forks in the road. There is so much to contemplate. Should one look back and recall the mistakes made in the past? Or brush them aside and move forward? I enjoyed hearing you read this tonight 😀

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  2. I always thought it interesting that the term “two-faced” comes from Janus, the god of doorways, transitions, beginning and endings. Such duality is always perplexing, and we are uncomfortable with it. Takes bravery to wear both faces! 👏👏

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