[lit-ideas] Sunday Wotsit

  • From: David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:08:07 -0700

i surmised there was something to be said about low sunlight on water
how when you lean over the rail of a ferry the myriad sparkles single you out 
it's as if all nature is suddenly saying
here's the genius right here
that's the one

late sunshine or early 
can act like a spotlight
running up on you and none other


you move to step out of its preference
and no matter what 
it follows
you're in a dance

the wonder of such low light on water makes me think of purpose and beauty and 
it suggests that if we stay in the moment and just let our eyes go out of focus 
wait patiently for inspiration to hit
there may suddenly come an explanation of how cancer grows
or academic administrations
or weeds
or kale

i wish i could say i had these thoughts on some high deck of the queen mary
with gulls for company 
at least on a workaday ferry
but actually they occurred in bellevue

to be more precise
they arrived in a rush
while i was waiting in line
for the water

David Ritchie,
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