Monday, March 10, 2014

to reteach a thing its loveliness

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing

Galway Kinnel, from his poem, "Saint Francis and the Sow" which you can read here.

Karen Peris of Innocence Mission has a new album out. Her voice is so fragile and strong, so strange and haunting. I'm currently in love with her song Violet which you can listen to here.

The lyrics:

Today I would have liked best
to walk with a dog, through the city,
beside the doors, looking up together,
raising the line,
raising the line of the horizon
up a little.

And the violet of the sky,
and the violet of the sky.
and the violet of the sky is mine.
And the wonder of this life,
and the wonder of this life is mine.

My task today, to relearn the wonder of this life, to self-bless, to flower again from within.

And oh yes, to walk the dog through the suburbs.....there's always that task.

And so these are the ends of the roses which you saw last week.  As I was shooting this particular one, it began to unfurl. Became undone.

Lastly, my task today, is to think about these words by the inimitable Marilynne Robinson:

"I want to overhear passionate arguments about what we are and what we are doing and what we ought to do. I want to feel that art is an utterance made in good faith by one human being to another. I want to believe there are geniuses scheming to astonish the rest of us, just for the pleasure of it."

- Marilynne Robinson in The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought

I suppose writers are always looking for a reason to write, some justification for a mad enterprise. And also, what it can be, what it ought to be. And this thought that art is an utterance made in good faith has stuck with me. 

And then, the pure loveliness of that last sentence. That we might write something for the pure pleasure of astonishing another. Yes.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent pictures and comments... I read the great quotes therein, and that made me
    deeply touched about the things of life, things we seem to ignore everyday: nature,
    casual encounters, the simple feeling we undergo every now and then... Thanks again
    SHAWNA for the perfect mood you you ushered into... SADOk


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