Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Seasons of Civilization

Tues PM Pleasant Valley to Hatter’s Point

The river here narrows, but the view upstream is extensive, although the crossword puzzles of docks at the marina are beginning to fill the water with their thirteen downs and five across.

It’s a blooming of sorts. During the winter, there’s an empty wildness to this stream. But every spring civilization hits the river all over again. Docks bud, boats blossom. And the pollen of traffic fills the river come summer. Then in the late autumn, everything falls out again.

I have a question formed by the shape of this puzzle. Could we build our developments on land like we do in the river? Pull them all out six months later. Let the wildness return for half the year. Go with the flow.

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