Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Not Gold But Something Better

Last night's wind blew newspaper out of the recycling bin (which the binmen haven't emptied this week; I wonder why) and deposited it in various nooks around the exterior of the house, but didn't do any serious damage to the trees. I was feeling grey so I went outside where there is colour and played at doing various jobs and the grey went away. It's cold out there but the sun is shining. The grass where the sun could reach it was a glorious colour; I won't say gold because gold is metallic and heartless whereas this was a heartfelt and radiant yellow- the kind of colour Van Gogh was after with his brilliant new chemical paints and his agitated, impacted brush strokes.

Which puts me in mind of the time Kurosawa went to great expense to spray-paint a field with gold. It was for his movie Ran. He had a picture in his mind but gold paint couldn't give him the colour he was after so the scene went onto the cutting room floor and into the bin and into the incinerator.

Stepping outside generally cheers me up. I may tell myself I'd rather be warm than out in the wind but my essential self knows it was never meant to be shut away.
Subscribe

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • By Heart

    The only time that I can think of that I actually sat down and committed verse to memory was when my grandmother offered me a reward if I did…

  • Going, Going

    By the time I'd sorted through all the drawers I'd filled a big cardboard box with papers to burn. There have been sunny intervals today…

  • Ted And Mary And Dick

    It's wet and windy- with leaves blowing across the sky: altogether a good day to be doing what I'm doing- sorting through family papers…

  • Going Through The Bottom Drawer

    There are four drawers in the bookcase-cum-bureau. We'll start at the bottom. This is a drawer into which my grandmother and mother have…

  • A Happy Accident

    I'm looking for coffee. We have coffee sent to us through the post and it's just possible we might have squirrelled some envelopes away in…

  • Country Living

    Our neighbour at the big house has a husband in Hong Kong and a mother in Maryland- and has spent much of the year in quarantine. She rings up this…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 4 comments