September 17, 2011

Like Islands

Aleko and Zemphira by Moonlight

I am learning to see something new. In addition to sky and land, a third thing has equal significance: the air.

Things usually appear to me as finite and limited in comparison with the great body of Earth. But here there are many things that seem like islands—alone, bright, caressed on all sides by ever-moving air that makes their forms stand out so clearly.

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  1. Air, glorious air! This quote reminds me of the title of a book by Doris Grumbach, namely, "The Presence of Absence." Air is so vital to everything, and yet its form is one of emptiness, reminding us, of course, that to be filled is to be empty.

    I like the pairing of this quote with Chagall's painting!

  2. so beautiful - the painting and the words. steven


"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Go ahead, bloom recklessly!