Hot Pink Dawn

A hot pink dawn over the river this morning only lasted about thirty seconds, but highly intense. Some perceptions have to be caught on the fly, others can be savored. Perception is neutral, a register of input, to borrow an ugly term from electronics. It's what one makes of the input--the phenomenological spark--that creates a meaning. I don't know how. (Weather & atmospheric phenomena continue to be my master metaphors.) Light from the sun shining across the river / taste of the first sip of coffee. The adventure of what happens. Note: First thing in the mornings, while Carole is making coffee, I often have the feeling that the various systems & subsystems of my body are coordinating with each other & coming into coherent functioning. That's what's supposed to happen. It's bad news when "systems" are glitchy, but that has not been happening so much recently. Things going relatively smoothly--I almost said "booting up," demonstrating how hard it can be to keep domains of metaphor separate, though I think it's important to be able to do so.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

1 thought on “Hot Pink Dawn”

  1. jd, Maybe the perception and the meaning of the perception are two halves of one thing. Our physical senses separate them into two parts, a physical aspect and the mental/spiritual/non-material concept, but our thinking reunites them. The spark is the connection, the reunion of the two, an entirely spiritual operation, but we are so overwhelmed by the physical manifestation we don’t penetrate to the spiritual reality that must be standing unclearly behind it. Behind thinking itself, for that matter. And then there’s the ‘I don’t want to know how’ part to deal with. Recognizing that the light from the sun embodies a spiritual as well as a physical warmth and wisdom, that living spiritual beings of all kinds live in and around us, that we are already living in a spiritual reality which will only become perceptible to us blind ones if we acquire the eyes to see it. The adventure of what we ourselves are helping to bring about. Have a good morning!

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