Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sun Etheree

We believe what we see to be the whole truth.

The world is whole. It is complete. If we look deeply, the world will reveal to us more and more of its endless wonder, beauty and wholeness.

I took this photo yesterday at sundown on the coast of California.

Day’s sun slides down beyond the horizon.
Night’s cold darkness draws ever nearer.
 Brine breath of wind off the sea chills
my bare ears, cheeks, neck & nose.
Sweet voice calls out. My heart
leaps around the world.
Turning east, Look!
See the warm

Let me read it to you:


Bonnie said...

Exquisite Dan.

steven said...

dan, i forgot to breathe the moment i settled into the red scarlet sun of your sharing and then descended back to earth through the ladder of your words. thanks brother. steven

Paul C said...

I like the cyclical nature of beauty portrayed here.

Jinksy said...

I did enjoy your reading that to me! :)

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks, Bonnie. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed sharing it.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, you are welcome. I feel like I'm just paying forward a little bit of the goodness you bring to the world on a regular basis on your blogs.

Dan Gurney said...

Paul, thanks, you get what I'm trying to convey. A sunset here in California is simultaneously a sunRISE on the Indian Ocean and a noonday over the Pacific, east of Japan. We see only a small slice of the goodness of our lovely Earth. The smallest slice. And that's when we've torn ourselves away from our screens.

Dan Gurney said...

Jinksy, great. It's not that hard to record those things. I should do it every time.

Ruth said...

Tremendous power, Dan. From the sun, from the words you wrote, from you. I believe with all my heart that what we radiate matters, and makes a difference. Bless you.

Sabio Lantz said...

Cute match of poem form and image!

I don't know if you have observed, but on a cloudless day, when the sun sets over the ocean, at the second before falling below the horizon just before touching the horizon there is an optical illusion when a part of the sun bends out and touches the sea. I tell my kids that this is the Sun kissing the sea. I also tell them if you kiss the ocean at this moment, it is like kissing the sun. So we all try to time it just right between waves so as to enjoy the allusive kiss of the sun.

OK, now for a thought:
What would it mean if I said, "The world is partial" as an opposite to your statement that "The world is whole"?

Dan Gurney said...

Ruth, I agree. What we decide to say and what we decide to do matters a lot. Even the smallest things we say and do, down to how we tie our shoes.

Attention is all.

Kindergarten teachers learn that lesson from their students time and time again.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks, Sabio. I have observed some amazing morphings of the sun as it "sinks" below the horizon of the Pacific. It's pretty amazing.

How do you kiss the ocean at sunset if you live on the East Coast? (I thought you live on the East Coast by the time zone you blog from.)

Sabio, it ain't opposite, at least as I see it. Most of the time, like 99.999% (you get the idea) of the time, I live in a partial world--a world that may seem complete, but is actually the tiniest slice of reality.

But the world itself is still whole.

Am I missing something? Yes, I'm missing practically everything. But at least I don't pretend to "get it."

Sabio Lantz said...

(1) We have travelled a bit
(2) Jersey's Shore faces West in places.
(3) Sorry, I still don't get the "the world is whole" thing. Unless you mean that "we only see a small sliver of reality" But, on a philosophical note, just because we see only a small part of "the world", does not mean it is whole.

Curious: I sometimes experience the world expand as I take a breath and contract as I breath out. The times I remember this (not very common) are looking at mountains or sunsets (or rises) over oceans. I think it is a cognitive defect, but a fun one.

Jo said...

Gorgeous words, Dan. I love to think of my heart leaping around the world in a glance.

The photo is electric. Spectacular!

Reya Mellicker said...

Brother Sun is so BEAUTIFUL. What a gorgeous image, and poem, too. Damn you are so talented!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Sabio—

Traveling is something many of us in the US would benefit from, I think. I read somewhere that some astoundingly small percentage (I have the exact number in my forgettory) of US Congress members have passports. The people responsible for our nation have never been outside it! Oh, my! No wonder.

Cape May, of course! Delaware Bay.

Although it's probably not right philosophically speaking, I sing "He's got the Whole World in His Hands" sometimes in kindergarten. I think my kindergartners know what I mean. I must seem simple minded sometimes. I think you understand it as I meant it or close--we see a small sliver of reality, even with our eyes wide open.

From time to time, I suffer the same cognitive "defect" you describe. I wonder, though, if the cognitive defect isn't in full force all the rest of the time, when the world seems no damn unmagical.

Dan Gurney said...

Jo, thank you for getting what I was getting at. Overall, I think we humans need to simultaneously think globally (as they say) but work locally and with real attention to detail and particularity. We've all heard the "Think Globally, Act Locally." To that one I prefer: "Think Locally, Act Neighborly." If we in the US took care to shine our little corner of the world and kept our mitts off other people's corners of the world, the world would be much more okay.

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you Reya. It was the sea, the sun, and the wind that were so beautiful. I was only holding the camera. The Etheree was fun to compose. Thank you!

Sabio Lantz said...

@ Dan

Indeed, we must nurture a light, happy heart to see the beauty and not accept the dark and exclusively dismal views that some would have us believe. I'd rather not do it by idealization, though. (just a philosophical little point)

BTW, I see angry patients not infrequently that get very upset in their last days because it becomes apparent to them that something they learned since they were kids is not true: He ain't got the whole world in his hands.

Is there a way to give hope without giving idealized false hope?

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Very nice, Dan. A whole world made wholer by a vast and encircling gaze. The audio adds a lot.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Sabio—

My experience with people in the last days is somewhat limited. What little experience I do have, though, fits with what a friend of mine who was a hospice worker said about the many people he helped through their last days. He said, "People die as they lived. Angry people usually die angry. Sweet people die sweetly."

That fits well with my experience of it. But surely there must be the exceptions you mention, the guy who's outraged that the Santa wasn't real.

I would think it's at least possible that some of the angry patients you're describing——some of them——have held a lifelong belief that their kindergarten teachers were just full of it and they are simply restating their long-cherished bilious view of life.

Regardless, I believe it's my job to nurture light and happy hearts. Not a Hello Kitty idealized form of light and happy——I know there's darkness, too, how could there not be?

Is there a way to give hope with giving idealized false hope?

I sure hope so.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks Lorenzo. Thank you. You may have noticed in one of my comments to Sabio up there that I've dusted off my old word, "forgettory." Man, I like that word. Now I know it has a Spanish translation. To you, I tip my hat!

Sabio Lantz said...

@ Dan :
You said, "restating their long-cherished bilious view of life."

Yeah, that is indeed often the picture. I am sure you are an exemplar KinderGarten teacher!

But geez, I can't believe your doubt about Santa.

Margaret Pangert said...

Just beautiful: the burnt orange echoes everywhere, the way the poem matches the sun setting on the water in the same inverse pyramid. And your voice! So professionally done--you could record poetry for a living.

Dan Gurney said...

Sabio, maybe I should withhold my disbelief in Santa until I've been to the North Pole. I've yet to go.

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Margaret. That's encouraging. It's not that hard to do, so I'll continue. But as for earning a living, I'll keep teaching kindergarten.

~T~ said...

Perfect pairing of picture and poem.