Sunday, April 20, 2008
Serendipity & Subtraction
Photo of a confluence on the beach by my home in Newfoundland, November 2007.
And the confluence of serendipity and subtraction is irresistible.
Subtraction, I was told by a wise old man once upon a time, is the secret to true happiness, never addition.
So on this principle, we were sorting through my Toronto lockers today in an effort to purge more "stuff" and I opened a box of books and sitting right on top was Nuala O'Faolain's "Chicago May".
I had goosebumps just looking at it. I am not meant to keep it. That is oh, so clear. It needs to be subtracted from my stash and added to someone else's.
So would any of you out there like this book? I thoroughly enjoyed it - it is a true story, well written by Nuala and it has some great old photos.
Let me know and I will mail it to you - on me, of course.
This is the poem that goes with the above photo for the photo-poem-card series I've developed:
Flower from the graveyard
Hay from the harvest
Leaf from the alder
Told to the stones
And drying off
No more now for
Tomorrow at dawn
The fish will return.