… that no one can scurry where
my cosmos is contracted
to an ancient manor-house …
Auden, Thank You, Fog
A well-known physiological effect: The color red races at you, it attacks. By contrast, blue retires, wants to disappear.
The creator of traffic lights used the first effect. The Romanticists the second one – those painters as well as poets with their sometimes silly Sehnsucht, the longing for the unknown and their existential desire for completion, They were either drowning themselves in that blue or looking up high – Ins Blaue hinein.
This remains an autumn miracle – the bright and intensely red leaves of the vigne vierge creepers, silhouetted against the wall of the dilapidated house next door to neighbor Roland, who lives at the far end of our village.
As if these tendrils are hanging in my own courtyard!
Sierksma, 10.10/2015 La Roche