This photo was taken somewhere in the German countryside between Berlin and Dresden, in the first few days of my Copenhagen–Istanbul tour in Fall ’16 — that was the first time i remember noticing a pumpkin field.
Not too far to the right of the frame, a woman crouched in between some bushes, presumably to attend to immediate necessities — i only noticed her after my uncontrollable laughter at the pumpkin field had already settled — that was what had prompted me to stop! — why am i even remembering that? — this is the first time i remember remembering that scene underlied my moment with the pumpkin field.
I pictured a time lapse of the pumpkins coming randomly about, like popcorn — someone ought to have worked that out — blessed be YouTube!
So has life on the road been so far to an increasingly large extent — a succession of present moments, not always permeated with amusement, like that one, without any apparent cosmic or metaphysical significance, and yet complete — i could spend eternity right then.
No matter how hard i try, i can’t seem to be able to put my finger on what about life ‘not’ on the road makes such experiences so rare though — i’m often pathologically and stably dissatisfied with the most trivial banalities of my routine in L’viv — “how might we possibly arrange for your brother to recover his backpack from us today, given that we will be in the same relatively small and functional city, equipped with effective means of communication, and sharing a common language!?”
If the road/not-the-road dichotomy is an illusion, i have repeatedly failed to notice it.
How about you? Have you found peace? How? I would like to know 🙂
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