Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The River

Shh! Don't spook him.


Thoughts are like a river. Dip your hand into them and try and grasp the moment...reach too late and the moment is gone.

Yesterday morning I had a good idea for a blog and thought, "I should write this down." But I was driving in my car. Whatever it was I was thinking was profound. But alas, I lost it somewhere on Southfield Road.

Yesterday afternoon I had another good idea when my son and I saw a buck strolling on a golf course in Huntington Woods (irony) but it too proved as fleeing as the morning's inspiration, more fleeting than the deer contentedly munching on carrots.

I once saw the river of thought, like actually saw it. I was meditating on the carpet in the classroom I once had, many moons ago when I was a high school English teacher. The carpet changed into a river and colors flowed smoothly past my conscience. It's the first and last time I ever saw anything like that while meditating. Or at all. I mean, aside from literal rivers.

My favorite place is a river. It's called the Pigeon River and it's in Northern Michigan. You can sit by it and watch it flow. It's golden and coppery and shimmery. Cold too. I've bathed in that river and spent many hours lost in that river, climbing over beaver dams to find my way. I've canoed it and been shushed by fly fisherman in it. I almost walked into a bear alongside it. I want the ashes of my body poured into it when I am dead.

The river flows.

Dip your hand into it, try and catch me.

Reach too late,  I"ll be gone.

13 comments:

  1. May I be so bold as to suggest a pocket notebook? I have about 20. I usually forget them at home.

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  2. I use the notes feature on my iPhone. You can even speak into it and it will transcribe.

    Because if I don't get a note down, my post idea will absolutely be gone.

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    1. I tried that on an airplane recently and it worked remarkably well. Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Right now my river of thought is polluted with statistics, theories, definitions & globs of information, pumped in by the educational institution that owns the rights to my brain on evenings, after work.

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  4. I get amazing writing ideas when I'm driving too! Most inconvenient.

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    1. But perhaps one of the only moments where we're alone and lost in thought?

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  5. Most interesting blog. I wish you well with your memoir. I am a big fan of Patricia Hampl's work. Also have a both a "nature" blog and one for book reviews...:)

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    1. I'll have to check her out. And you.

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