In Memoriam Dreamtime
This week began with Memorial Day, when we remember past sacrifices.
The past features prominently in Dreamtime - a place that many of us now inhabit. As does the present. And the future. Memory, reality and imagination - the triple helix of the mind.
While paging through a book about Sean Scully, an artist known for his Wall of Light paintings, we remembered a few words that came to us on a hike some years ago. The words arrived in the form of an image, and they looked like this:
The New England stones
Cover the earth -
And our bones.
These words did not deliver discomfort, but rather a sense of communion. Memory, reality and imagination form the links of a human chain that binds us to our arts, our sciences, our beliefs - and the experiences of other generations. If we think of Dreamtime as the place where the chain is forged, the way we live now could be recast as more creative than confusing.
We are going to need a lot of new ideas. They be discoverable in Dreamtime.
Written in remembrance of Lillian and Roy Alexander MacDonald and Jonathan Delafield DuBois, each of whom served in the UK or American Armed Forces during World War II. And for Betsy Gibson DuBois, who cared for four children under the age of seven while Del was gone.
WALL OF LIGHT. SKY
SEAN SCULLY, 2000