Write for the Future

In English, it is simple to say that clouds pour down mountain valleys like rivers. It is harder to say that rivers pour down mountain valleys like clouds. The first version reduces the present to the past. The harder version opens the present into the future.

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cloudriverCoast Mountains, British Columbia

Photo: Anassa Rhenisch

2 thoughts on “Write for the Future

    • Ooops! I meant that reading the clouds as rivers was a familiar way of looking at the world, and writing, which directs attention towards the past, while reading the rivers as clouds is an unfamiliar way of looking at the world, and writing, which brings the world back to life (as it’s not in the past), and creates living paths for the future, rather than exhausted ones. Sorry for being cryptic. I’m having fun trying to find the line between old ways of writing and new ones which include the earth, but am only able to find my way one day at a time, and some days with cloudiness, even with darkness. Thanks for journeying with me on this and for shining your light when I missed the path.

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