River of Dreams: Winter Landscape with Ice skaters and Bird trap
MLK went for a hike.
February 13, 2021
Grey skies in the deepest of winter in Oxford - a harsh wind chill factor made it feel like 7 degrees below zero. But as always, we soon forgot about the weather and passed the hours in deep, pleasant conversation. With the flooding in retreat we were able to follow the twists and turns of the river. We spoke of many things and how the philosopher and theologist Søren Kierkegaard spent his hours cruising the streets of Copenhagen. It is safe to assume, however, that Kierkegaard would not have used Komoot. In "Fear and trembling", he rather pointedly wrote "People commonly travel around the world to see rivers and mountains, new stars, birds of rare plumage, queerly deformed fishes, ridiculous breeds of men – they abandon themselves to the bestial stupor which gapes at existence, and they think they have seen something". And added "...this does not concern me". We, on the other hand, found joy in wonders like Ancient Yew trees, Morris Minor, wild geese, pleasure boats, clown graffiti, and much more. As we were coming up to Iffley Lock, people were out on the ice, reminding us of the wonderful painting from 1565 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. And then Billy Joel's song from his final 1993 studio album suddenly came to me:...In the middle of the nightI go walking in my sleepFrom the mountains of faithTo the river so deepI must be looking for somethingSomething sacred I lostBut the river is wideAnd it's too hard to crossEven though I know the river is wideI walk down every evening and I stand on the shoreI try to cross to the opposite sideSo I can finally find out what I've been looking for...In the middle of the nightI go walking in my sleepThrough the desert of truthTo the river so deepWe all end in the oceanWe all start in the streamsWe're all carried alongBy the river of dreams
February 14, 2021
Another lovely post. Thanks MLK
Thank you for your kind words, Liz!
February 15, 2021
Made this walk some 50 years ago. Thank you for this pretty reminder! 😀
February 22, 2021