Monday, May 5, 2014

Beyond Any Silence You Have Heard

Beyond Any Silence You Have Heard

Different trees grow various heights and then
perish and evolve into another species. 

They reach their limbs - their souls - 
a little deeper into incandescence's well

and then tell the world by their marvelous 
appearance what that life is like. 

Yes, try to do that before you depart this 
wondrous place we are visiting: 

bring us some good tidings of silence 
beyond any silence you have heard. 

                Spanish poet Antonio Machado wrote, "Between living and dreaming there is a third thing. Guess it. It is where I dwell." UChicago asked students, in their college admission essay, to "Give us your guess". I think it would have been a fun essay to write, as we all hunger for a silent music at times...where our dreams of tomorrow can meet with the realities of today. I would say my answer to the question consists in the spaces between moments when your mind is free of thoughts, the pause before a kiss, the lost second at a traffic light, glancing up across the room at someone, sniffing a warm chocolate chip cookie, the final note of a song, etc.

Young Girls at the Piano (1892), Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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