We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.
~ Henri Cartier-Bresson
Today’s Daily Prompt is Now You See Me, and photographers, artists, and poets, are asked to show us EVANESCENCE. To evanesce is to disappear gradually, to vanish, to fade away. Evanescence, of course, is the act of evanescing.
Isn’t all of life evanescent? Always changing and eventually fading, vanishing, disappearing, passing on to another form or no form at all? Time is evanescent, passing on. This moment is here. And now it is gone.
This morning’s sunlight and clouds, like my thoughts, evanesce. It’s like a movie. Fade in, fade out. Gunshots boom and fade in the distance. It’s deer hunting season here, and that means staying on the main paths for now since I can’t locate my hunter-orange sweatshirt. Light glows and fades in the greenhouse. The building itself would have vanished eventually if we hadn’t repaired it. We bought it a temporary reprieve. Someday a storm may come along and change its form, and the greenhouse as we know it will disappear.
It is warm for November. The breeze must be coming from the south. The neighborhood rooster is crowing, the crows are cawing, and a bird is reminding me that I am “really-really-rich.” I wish I could identify that bird. Its “you’re-really-really-rich” call dominates the sounds in the morning. If all the calling back and forth between all of the birds is any indication, the birds are enjoying the warm morning, too.
Of all the benches on the property, I like the Lagoon Bench best for writing. The bench on the dock is best for meditating and not thinking. It’s a Just Be Bench. The bench on the platform is best for observing and pondering and having good conversations. I shall call it the Conversational Bench. The Lagoon Bench, though, must be filled with words waiting to flow from somebody’s pen. It is the Writer’s Bench.
It will soon be time for me to adopt a new word for the year. The word “Love” served me well this year, and like previous words in previous years, will continue to teach its lessons. I’ve been thinking about the word Courage, but the kind of lessons that word will teach could be hard lessons.
Do I need courage to face Courage, to be brave enough to put myself out there? Or should I learn about Faith first? To take a risk is to take a leap of faith. With faith, perhaps, one finds courage.
I have time to decide, to think about what word I want to follow into 2014. For now, I’m going to sit here and enjoy the sunshine. Its warmth is soft and comforting. A bit like a hug.
Thank you for sitting with me on the Lagoon Bench today. The clouds eventually faded away and left behind a clear, blue sky. The cardinals and robins stopped by for a brief visit, but there was no sign of the Great Blue Heron. He might have stopped by later, while I walked through the woods and out to the dock, or while I was inside taking care of some chores.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂