Sunday, November 8, 2009

From the Muddy Shore of Lake Mahkeenac (Autumn Rivulet #4)


...picnic table on the muddy shore of Lake Mahkeenac...water rippling grey, below gray skies...so many shades of grey...enough, I think, to make a distinction between gray and grey almost meaningful...though the specifics are rather gray....always so hard to find meaning and distinction...and so easy to get lost...


...I don't intend to get lost in the woods, generally speaking...it's just that I don't try very hard to avoid it...and rarely regret when it does....mud seeping into my boots in a marshy stretch, less solid to walk on than it looked....trails keep disappearing into fallen leaves this time of year...no telling what might be underneath....anyway, you're never really having fun until you get dirty...

...walls are easiest to walk through when you've forgotten they're there...momentarily, at least...and think you're going somewhere else entirely...there may not, in fact, be any other way...



*blogcasting live from the coffee shop, Kripalu, Massachusetts*

9 comments:

Aviva said...

...walls are easiest to walk through when you've forgotten they're there...momentarily, at least...and think you're going somewhere else entirely...there may not, in fact, be any other way...

Perhaps my problem, then, is that I'm always looking where I'm going, so I always end up in the same familiar places.

Lana Gramlich said...

The woods, themselves, were a danger in so many fairy tales. I never really thought about it before--living in our urbanized world it doesn't ever come up--but in past ages when huge forests covered so much more land than they do now, getting lost & dying of exposure in the woods was a very real danger. It makes me wonder what else doesn't ever come up in our urbanized world.

Eco Yogini said...

yep- having fun and being dirty goes together hand and hand. Got slobbered on today by my brother's Saint Bernard... the slime was gross- but then... how can you get mad at such an adorable dog?

btw- YES for broadcasting live from a coffee shop!

Brooks Hall said...

Hi Dr. Jay! It looks like the siren song of the Internet found you at Kripalu. It sounds like things are lacking clarity with all those greys and grays. And if you can walk through a wall when you forget that it's there, is it really a wall? Anyway be well!

Kitty said...

you're at kripalu?!? lucky!

Brenda P. said...

I always get in an argument with my computer about grey and gray. I like -e better...seems more neutral and like the color itself. Thanks for the observations...

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RB said...

I'm working on a piece right now about how when I was little, I actually did use to get lost in the woods on purpose. I haven't been able to figure out if it's because, as you say, it's more fun once we get dirty, or because I want so badly to be found.

berenice said...

this is a beautiful post, so glad you got lost in the woods (and of course that you found your way back...) the mood reminds me very much of some of Haruki Murakami books: Kafka on the Shore, A Wild Sheep Chase, he has a recurrent theme of getting lost or retrieving in the woods, if you have not read him, i think you'd like his literature Dr. Oso Jay, very insightful and a bit (or a lot?) surreal...