Upright below Mountains

Earlier.   You notice the haze most when it’s gone, or when you try and take a photo from a lookout and crash into the mundane limitations of sand and electricity. And don’t think about the magic of your eye and your mind just take it for granted, like living itself.   Standing at the…

René

He was a fan of heavy metal – posters and records and CD’s lined the walls, names like Man’O’War jostled with WASP and Alice Cooper (the only name I’d heard of). His hair was longish – the sort of proto-mullet of the early 90’s, before grunge made us all stop washing our hair, and revelling in the tangled scruffiness…

The Panic of Horses

…the solution was always to just pile on more speed and trust to the gods that take care of foolish children.

4 Places of Worship for Atheists

  I think we have to remember what some of the best features of religion are, and recognize that there can be secular alternatives. Religions, for example, remind us of our common humanity, a humanity shared across races and geographical boundaries. Alain de Botton Where the Forest Begins   The Buckled World is home to…

A Waterfall in Reverse

This time there are no witnesses. The rock is suffused with water in a way that makes it seem almost turgid – weeping through the little caverns hewn, dripping from limestone overhangs, bulging it outwards in a grim parody of the fractal of the mountain it forms. Greenery adorns the rearing gorge in places, bare…

Sand is just Tiny Mountains

The haze of a world, long forgetful of the iniquity of snow, suffuses all to turpentine and rags brilliance, animated by the maelstrom of the small creatures of God and the sapphire crunch of parched grass points to the distant blue hills.   A tower stands alone, with all the others, steeped in birdsong rich…

Remembering School

It often happens that we are most touched by what we are least capable of. Evanescent delicacy is not the quality in the arts that I admire most, but it is often the characteristic by which I am most reduced to envy.