How does one capture the sea? Words have such stasis that they little serve. [i.e. have no potential/ities to *reflect that liquid flux]
What is it that one finds so fascinating about oceans? It seems that the mystical nature of the melding between light waves and water waves speak to us as intensities. The medium of water reveals many aspects of light’s nature. People are forever holding this liquid up to the Li-G-ht. Holding it up into the l/I(gh)-T. The Light. light. To let the play of water and light bend and shift so a previously unknown facet can emerge in a way that our vision can see it. This is not a pulling out of light one character of it. (Rephrasing that last sentence: This does not pull out of light one of its characters.) No! This is wrong thinking. Correct seeing understands that, when it is in water, light exists in a completely different way. Light passes through water BUT it does more. It plays. It sings. It dances. It changes. It bends reality. It does all of this by immersion and blending, by melding and molding, by standing in the becoming flux/change. This is the revealing play that water cha chas with light across the dance floor.
So, how does one capture this with words? In truth, it is possible to capture their interplay via words. The more depth and breadth covered in capturing either a moment or an aspect that has been revealed causes a **stretching in language. It is here in this thinness where language has difficulty that light potentially falls out of language. The mutable everchanging (i.e. Light) can only be discussed and capture in portions via language (i.e. words). For the more one does so, the more language stretches. At the limits of communication, language must become evermore incomprehensible to (capture) depict? Reveal… paint The Waves.
Yes the waves of light and water through the medium of language can be discussed. Alternatively, their interaction can be painted.
Just as Candace Rose Rardon does in her watercolor. Click Here We see in her water color beautiful, playful, emerging waves of light diving and melding with water.
But where does that leave the word smith? I return to my initial question. How does one capture the sea?
First we need to understand light. Unlike the way light shines on objects natural or man made [refer to Martin Heidegger’s works], light merges and blends with water.
So, we have to use language in new ways if we are to bring vibrancy and fullness to the sea in the ways that painters can. It requires re-vision/ing of language. We writers will have to demand the freedom needed to speak in these new ways. We will have to wash the readers in The Waves of words that are filled with a fresh newness. The pounding surf echoes across time fluxing in the vibrancy of light giving the ocean depth of being.
As I watch these new rhythms of language unfold in my mind, the vision builds and I am washed away in light and water to be set adrift on the ocean.
* more on reflection ala mirror ala reverberation later
** I want to explore the concept of how the stretching language occurs as a result of capturing light. Its is as if light fills language beyond language’s capacity to communicate.