Saturday, October 15, 2011
This is the latest addition to my owl collection - a birthday gift of a commissioned handcrafted rug from a dear friend.
My animal totem, given to me by a shaman many, many moon cycles ago is an owl. For wisdom, he said, and for night-loving and wooing. I don't think he was punning but I like to fancy he was. Either or. I've woo-hood back at any owls who flit around here and I would like to woo another night owl like myself if he ever presented himself.
I fight this night living thing all the time. It is late now, I look out over the mirror of the bay and see the lights reflected on the water and feel happiest. Day time is not my preferred time but as it's nearly everyone else's I have to suit up and show up when dawn appears.
A belief in former lives would say I must have been a courtesan or a night club dancer or at the very least a jazz singer in a smoky boite.
And of course any relationships I've had were mainly with day people with a few notable exceptions. With one, we would always make a point of having breakfast at Vesta's in Toronto at 4.00 a.m. As we both had to work, this was only accomplished on the weekends to our great glee. We often walked the boardwalk in the dead silence of the deep night, only the waves and the odd flutter of a sleepy bird underscoring our conversation.
With another we would drive off to, well, anywhere. Niagara Falls. Kingston. Sarnia. Only the midnight ribbon of highway beneath the car and some well loved music on the car stereo.
Now I savour the silence as I write this. How wonderful is the silence of an outport late at night. It comforts like a warm cloak.
Simon and Garfunkel were right. Darkness and the sound of silence. Truly my old friends.