in a coffeehouse for sweet relief
the friendly giant whispered to me
from the dark and distant past:
look up, look way up
How many of us believe in coincidence? Its dictionary definition – in which events or conditions that are closely related by time, space, form, or other associations which appear unlikely to bear a relationship occur at one time apparently by mere chance – can in itself be puzzling.
Statisticians note in dry, withered tones that synchronicity is inevitable and often less remarkable than it appears intuitively but it is nonetheless marvellously strange that the photograph now being entered in a challenge about light on the 11th day of this month – and that had lingered in a folder titled “future blog pix” waiting for just the right moment to appear in the multiverse – was taken the eve of December 11th last year, the very same day Across the Bored posted the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Illumination.
Trip the light fantastic with this week’s entries at the Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination.
It seems as though the younger elves have subconsciously begun to work-to-rule and some of Saint Nick’s helpers are starting to feel churlish being more than a little behind the eight ball as the big deadline looms close. In this part of town, the transformation from quiet residential neighbourhood to festive, holly-bedecked Santa beacon is eerily covert. All of a sudden a wreath appears here, an inflatable snow-globe pops up there, some shiny metallic globes or silver garland materialize where one wouldn’t have thought possible and one wonders whose busy hands have accomplished these feats in the dead of night. Which renegade gnome climbed high up onto that apartment balcony and rearranged the pair of glowing reindeer into a position that defies censorship?
It is an intense and kaleidoscopically eye-opening time, for the generations each have their own idea of how the season should be celebrated, or not – how much emphasis is placed on what it means to us and the myriad ways we bring it to fruition to make it visible. That is really what this century is all about – enlightening each other.
Across the Bored ponders whether tonight the view of Earth from space will be particularly colourful and so the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge shines a light on – Illumination.
“How does illumination appear to you?” – as a state of mind or fact of science, that long-awaited clarification or brilliant resolution, twinkly LEDs or burnt-out bulbs, the soft glow of the family hearth or brake lights in a traffic jam…
We would love to see your vision.
For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, here are some guidelines for the challenge: HOW DOES THIS WORK?