On the way home yesterday I listened to Scott Kelly, the astronaut who just returned to Earth after a year on the ISS, being interviewed on NPR. When asked how he kept himself going day after day, Kelly replied that “focusing on the small milestones along the way…helped break up a very long duration flight.”
Artists of every type know this is just as true here on Earth. Routines can dull our senses to the beauty of the world around us. We have to be on the lookout for the extraordinary everywhere. As Mary Oliver says, “the world offers itself to your imagination.”
Here’s a snapshot of what the world offered to my imagination this morning:
This blustery winter day
an apple tree,
the lone remnant of an orchard,
it’s limbs leafless and craggy,
is adorned by birds.
Blue jays, raucous and loud,
dressed for a party with jaunty crests
and black collars,
folded like intricately patterned fans,
create a mosaic of vibrant blues
against the morning sky.
© Catherine Flynn, 2016
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