Something simple and straightforward for a Monday. This image–of a lavender field near the village of Brihuega, Spain–was included in one of the three daily news digests that await me in my e-mail inbox every morning. And I thought its beauty warranted a post.
A couple of lines from a favorite Todd Rundgren song seem apt:
“..in the great design of life
We are all so pitifully small.”
As does this poem by Walt Whitman:
When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
It’s been widely reported that pandemic-related lockdowns have resulted in cleaner air and clearer water around the world. Here’s to a lasting clarity of vision; may we all, at some point, have the opportunity to look up in perfect silence at unobstructed views of the stars, Jupiter and the Milky Way.