Performed by invoke string quartet on 16 February 2019 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier [Nick Montopoli, Violin; Zachariah Matteson, Violin; Karl Mitze, Viola; Geoff Manyin, Cello].

First Movement

If half this ended, and half did not,
I would both end and never end,
Leaving half the grasper,
Dead and half undead,
Half the grasped destroyed,
Half undestroyed.

Second Movement

I may believe that objects of the senses,
Are the foundations of desire,
But they are like invisible cities,
Mirages and dreams.

- Nagarjuna*

*from the translation by Stephen Batchelor, Verses from the Center, Riverhead Books, New York (2000), p. 135.