Thursday, April 15, 2010

HOMAGE TO SPRING

April 15.  Already half of April has slipped by, almost imperceptibly.  Spring has finally kept its hold on our days.  Brisk nights and clear days have caused a profusion of growth, and now the buds are finally bursting with unfurling leaves.  Daffodils are gone, tulips are just past their peak.  Life languidly waits for the next round of flowers to grab our attention.  It would be a lovely time to drift down a slow river in a punt with nothing more than an occasional push of the pole to keep the marsh grass and cat tails at bay.

In the meantime, we celebrate the turning of the tide, and hope that there will be a few more days of this delight before the heat sets in.

Here is another image in the series, "The Appearance of Reality".  It is the early leaves in the tree out front, captured in the diffraction of the afternoon light by the old glass in the window. It reminds me of an antique Oriental print.


The Appearance of Reality:
Oriental Print17_Green

May we continue to relish the beauty of these days, for they will be gone all too soon.

-bjd

Friday, April 2, 2010

HOPE OUT OF DARKNESS

Today is Good Friday, which used to be a much more important holiday than it is now.  I remember when everyone had Good Friday off and when most people went to church.  Nowadays our secular society takes little notice of it. 

I've always had trouble understanding why the day commemorating Jesus' death is called Good Friday.  Bad Friday or Sad Friday seems more appropriate.  But then, there are a lot of things I don't understand about religion in general and Christianity in particular.  Systems based on faith don't have to be logical.

At least today was warm and sunny here, and those of us who were not in church and not working indoors had a chance to savor the glories of a spring just before its peak.  The cherry and pear blossoms are out, leaves are emerging, and everyone is so glad that this winter is finally over.

Today is a good time to remind ourselves that without a winter there would be no spring.  Jesus or no, the  lightness of spring always follows the darkness of winter, just as day follows night.  The earth is reborn in a profusion of growth, of life unfolding, of something from nothing .  It is no coincidence that Easter is in the spring.

My wish for this Easter is that we may all emerge from the darkness of doubt, fear and anxiety, into the light of assurance. The assurance that comes from spring or Christ or whatever moves you to act on your beliefs.  An assurance that we each have the power and responsibility to fulfill the potential of our lives as agents for positive change, for the earth and for all humanity.

May it be so, today and always.

The Appearance of Reality:
Light Trails

-bjd