Adjusting my ear buds, I pulled the shade down and settled off to sleep listening to a classical piano track. When I pulled up the shade, I found I had dozed all the way to NYC. I am simple. Seeing the city always excites me. Or just seeing a highway sign pointing to the city. I've only visited once, too long ago, but I was an impressionable seventeen and it was love at first sight.
The autumn sun was shining on Manhattan and Central Park. I smiled to think of all the lives being lived as I flew over, reminding me of my post, http://tocatchathought.blogspot.com/2013/09/count-leaves.html The plane's route hugged the eastern seaboard until about Boston. It looked as if a narrow white pencil had been used to outline where the sea touched the land. We were still too high to distinguish more than what was already perceived as a building or small blips in the water that had to be ships.
The plane edged out over the Atlantic, heading towards Maine but still in easy sight of the coastline. As the plane descended, the faint white lines begin to show movement. A few scattered islands begin to appear out from the land as if rocks had been skipped out from the beach, glancing the water eight or nine times before sinking into the water, done over and over by a meticulous hand in another time. In descent, lighthouses began to be visible on top of the tiny islands and the white wash of waves grew broader against the gray stones.
Sun on the water revealed the rhythm of uncapped waves floating at the surface, rolling slowly towards the land like a blue lined page of paper but with broken places. A darker, silvery blue color of water, currents, skimmed below in a second layer, in various widths like veins traveling across the first legs of the seafaring journey, rivulets of rain following a random path down a cobalt mirror or tatted threads being pulled out to sea while the currents shuttle weave in pattern.
The gold of the sun. The silvery blue. The shimmer of the shine.
My music man had already captured the moment. The line came to mind. From the air or from his sailboat, he had seen the magic in this water. Now the wonder of those same Maine waters had caught my breath and my vision blurred. For a few seconds, everything in my being rejoiced and worshipped, perfectly.
"On a high and windy island I was gazing out to sea
When a long forgotten feeling came and took control of me
It was then the clouds burst open and the sun came pouring through
When it hit those dancing waters in an instant all eternity I knew ."
Dan Fogelberg, Magic Every Moment from River of Souls 1993
All those years ago, the very first notes of his music captured my heart. For something different, check out his Christmas Album on YouTube, The First Christmas Morning.
Daniel Grayling Fogelberg August 13, 1951 - December 16, 2007