A few days in and around Perth would be nice.
Lovely piece of public art.
Another absence though, for me, quite possibly. "Events, dear boy, events", to quote Harold Macmillan.
I like it very much EC. To me it symbolises how the circle of life can be supported either by using what it offers or fighting against it - two ways of living. It often reminds me when I am foolishly fighting things that they could be dealt with much better with a different attitude. I hope to carry that with me through what comes next. I actually had an exchange with the sculptor some years ago and my interpretation is not quite what was in his mind, but he did like it. He was more thinking of how some people do the hard work and others get carried along by it while doing nothing. Anyway, on we go, inevitably.
'using what it offers or fighting against it': I like that. Thank you.
Thank you, Andrew! This is so much what I went through in 2016. Having lost some of my mobility and autonomy, I leaned back with desperate and angry tears, refusing to move on. I made life very difficult, for a few people and myself, by mourning, far too long, the Claude who was gone. This year, I'm learning to work with what is left. I'm slowly, very slowly, creating a new person, moment by moment. Life is lived with what is offered to us in "The Bubble of Now". You told me this so often in many of your great poems, Andrew. No temper tantrums will bring back what was there a moment ago. We only have the Now.
Nice to hear from you Claude. I know that on occasion, sometimes often, I have spoiled the "now" by dwelling on the past, including all of its mistakes and regrets, and also worrying intensely about the future. It is not easy sometimes but remembering the two ways of getting through the same day that I see symbolised in that sculpture does help.
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