Tuesday, August 11, 2009

light in august

looking for synonyms for the word, light, i turned to the oed this morning and found scores and scores of words. originally thinking of doing a poem of samples taken from the oed for the word, light, i thought better of it. not that i think sampling is a dead-end, far from it, only that a text for the word, light, would be inadequate toward my expression of utter awe of the light of my section of norcal the past few days.

smoky, umber, hazy come close to it. early fall, it appears nearly spectral but with much warmth. it is a light made for painting and photography. to try to capture the light in language is a failure. but a failure in necessity and all the better for trying. this light is one of the many reasons why i live where i live, and where i hope to die.


At 6:28 AM, Blogger Jim McCrary said...

sue and i driving out to her band practice through fields of corn and soybeans and the light of early evening a complete and utter out of body experience....no words but fun to try.

At 9:27 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

absolutely, jim. perhaps the failure is to not try? anyway, i tire of some writers who argue that communication is an impossible task. no duh, i say, but ain't most things a failure, even if they are measured as great successes. the olympic diver's best score for a dive was not the dive in that person's head. the poem written is not the one that remains unwritten and always just out of reach. there are degrees of failure, i suppose, just try for the right kind.


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