As Seattleites, we, of all people know how to appreciate amazing weather. Just a week or so ago, the sun made its first shy appearance since the end of last summer and I immediately grabbed our dog and headed out to a coffee shop. Once there, I realized that I was not the only one. Celebration, glee, becoming a child again, wonder; these are the proper responses to unexpected glory.
Have you tried to express the surprise of glory to anybody lately? It’s hard not to feel like you are overstating the emotion that we might call rapture.
With that, I present our poem from last week at Wits’ End:
by Billy Collins
I don’t want to make too much of this,
but because the bedroom faces east
across a lake here in Florida,
when the sun begins to rise
and reflects off the water,
the whole room is suffused with the kind
of golden light that might travel
at dawn on the summer solstice
the length of a passageway in a megalithic tomb.
Again, I don’t want to exaggerate,
but it reminds me of a brand of light
that could illuminate the walls
of a hidden chamber full of treasure,
pearls and gold coins overflowing the silver platters.
I feel like comparing it to the fire
that Aphrodite lit in the human eye
so as to make it possible for us to perceive
the other three elements,
but the last thing I want to do
is risk losing your confidence
by appearing to lay it on too thick.
Let’s just say that the morning light here
would bring to any person’s mind
the rings of light that Dante
deploys in the final cantos of the Paradiso
to convey the presence of God,
while bringing the Divine Comedy
to a stunning climax and leave it at that.