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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Dissolution



"Seen from afterward the time appears to have been
all of a piece which of course it was but how
seldom
it seemed that way when it was still happening and
was
the air through which I saw it as I went on
thinking
of somewhere else in some other time whether gone
or never to arrive and so it was divided
however long I was living it and I was where
it kept coming together and where it kept
moving apart..."

From "Completion" by W. S. Merwin

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8 comments:

mueja said...

nice photo blue!!

Reya Mellicker said...

Merwin is one of my very favorites, thank you. And thank you for this pic! It's wicked hot in DC today...just gazing at the photo helps cool me down.

chris miller said...

I think these pictures are moving into a genre that might be called visual koans -- that is, the mind tries to handle them -- gets overloaded -- and then just gives up -- resulting in a certain sense of peacefull exhustion.

I can't imagine what it must be like to wander around the world, camera in hand, looking for these things

Larry said...

Visual koans; an interesting concept!

Thanks for your recent photos, Lori!

am said...

Visual koans. That says it. This photo, along with W. S. Merwin's words is deeply evocative for me. Thanks so much.

jarvenpa said...

Merwin is one of my favorite poets as well (indeed, we share a lot of similar tastes, Lori). Your photos, however, are illuminations.
New concept of the illuminated manuscript?

MjM said...

That is so nice. I can't tell you how relaxing it is (was) for me to sit in the pool and watch the machine do its thing.

Time has moved on and the pool belongs to someone else, but the serenity can still be evoked by an image...

MjM said...

"Seen from afterward the time appears to have been all of a piece which of course it was..."

This quote reminded me of how different things look from the car and the sidewalk.

Imagine yourself on the sidewalk watching the passing traffic. It appears sporadic.

Now, imagine yourself in the car, passing the someone on the sidewalk and the traffic now feels united; you are part of the flow.

Trippy.