12 August 2013
It’s my first-ever wedding anniversary. One year. So much happens in twelve months, but what Andrew said this morning is right: it feels like ten. I am so lucky. To be here, in this mess of possibility and joy. Because that’s what it is, every day.
I took two pictures for you today, standing in the intersection of my favorite street(s) in Edinburgh. The streets themselves are not significant, but where they intersect… those are my favorite places in the city right now. The corners of George Street and Hanover Street — looking down towards the Firth of Forth, the Kingdom of Fife in the distance, the water, the layers of the streets and trees. And looking back towards Princes Street, the galleries, the heart and life of the city. The perfect balance of society and nature, of company and personal. Solitude. Movement. Pace. Patience.
I never thought about it this much until I stood in the middle of these streets, deciding which picture to take for you, and then just opening my eyes to see where I was.
“For me, like I said, I’ve only been studying contemporary poetry seriously for, I guess, two and a half years now, so I still feel like I’m just learning the lay of the land. I don’t know the extent of it yet.”
– James Franco, Poetry Foundation interview.
Have you heard about this? Letters? Amazing letters? On the stage? I am loving the world of theater tonight. I am in it. I feel right in it.
I Have a Seat in the Abandoned Theater
Mahmoud Darwish, transl. by Fady Joudah