03
Apr
10

miracles (art)

“It’s a miracle!”  How many times have you said that or heard someone say it over the least of triumphs?   When I photographed the sunrise this morning I thought it was a miracle.  I thought the very existence of a sunrise was a miracle; its inexplicable being (of course, we know that the earth revolves around the sun, that our earth spins on its axis, plunging us into darkness & into light every 12 or so hours) but its being seems so much larger than just the truth of it, the scientific/physical explanation of it.

When I photographed the sunrise this morning  I thought it was a miracle.   I hope to never need to know the explanation of a miracle.  Or the reason a miracle occurs (other than its logical explanation.)  I want to believe that miracles occur for no reason & for all reasons  & for reasons that I will never understand or will need to understand.  I want to believe in miracles just for themselves; for their mystical, magical selves & without the organization of fools loftily declaring the sanctity of miracles.   “It’s a miracle!”  How many times have you said that or heard someone say it over the least of triumphs?

When I photographed the sunrise this morning I thought it was a miracle.  Not the act of  photographing it, but the very fact that the sun rises (every morning.)  Artists create miracles everyday.  They write, they sing, they dance, they paint, draw, sculpt, film, they perform, they act.   It is not their fault, they have no other recourse but to create miracles (little bomb explosions, miracle terrorists they are, because they hold us hostage to their craft, their wiles, their inexplicable beauty, ugliness, truth, fiction.  Their expression is a miracle–their battle, their argument, their rage  is a miracle.

Reading (a miracle,) looking (a miracle,) listening (a miracle, ) touching (a miracle,) feeling (a miracle.)  Artists are there to make us pay attention to the miracles.   <Insert your list of miracle-makers here.  I have mine.>

“It’s a miracle!”   How many times have you said that or heard someone say it over the least of triumphs?

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