Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today

Today I saw a bumble bee, trapped in a web on the wooden pillar of the barn, and a spider half its size, but big enough, ran out to catch it, changed its mind and ran back in again.  I freed the bee with a clothes peg; instantly it flew towards a small cyclamen flower, which opened a pink door for it and let it in.

Today I saw a straight old man, tan jacket, smart cream linen hat and trousers, walk with a cane and a brisk purpose into the lotissement they call 'le Tertre'.  Was it to see a woman, old now, he had once loved, or a young one he'd like to make a fool of himself over, or an old pal from service days, or was he simply going home, or none of these?

Today I saw the finely-pointed gable wall of the old house there, the walnut tree in splendour next to it, the Calvary beneath the limes, their leaf litter and the tiny hard velour-skinned fruits amongst it underfoot, and the strangely self-effacing angels on the housefront.

Today I knew that these, all these, hold  meanings, stories, histories and worlds that I can't know, sealed in by time and space, holding themselves in mute and distant gentleness apart, refusing all translation.

Save in a play of light cast, aslant and rippling, onto the receiving presence of an inside wall.

(30.8.2010)

10 comments:

Kelly said...

Nice observations. I am an observer and I usually for my own amusement will make up the stories that go along with the people and things that I see.

marja-leena said...

Lovely observations and ruminations, Lucy!

Zhoen said...

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Oak-Beach/599056

Rouchswalwe said...

Sweet Lucy, I saw this post and my heart is warmed!
P.S. You know where I think the old man was heading!

Lucy said...

Thanks for reading.

Z, that's just gorgeous, made my morning, thank you.

herhimnbryn said...

Goodly stuff. I hope he was going to see his love, young or old.

Plutarch said...

It strikes me that this simple but embracing account of a series of impressons could be a submission for the current qarrtsiluni theme of translation. I love your latest and just published submission.

Kim said...

Hi Lucy! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying hi. It has been quite a while since I've blogged or been reading other's blogs for that matter. But I do miss your beautiful writings and stories! This one is fantastic and conjures up so many wonderful images! Hope you are doing very well!

Dale said...

A lovely balance you strike, holding both the isolation and separateness, and the connection that beauty hints at.

Clive Hicks-Jenkins said...

There's the most perfect and satisfying balance in this piece. Wonderful.