Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Elements

Philosophers of the Middle Ages, following the Greeks, imagined the world was made of four elements; earth, air, fire and water. Here, in the cottage on the hill in western Ireland , that formula seems altogether adequate.

We hang in air, anchored to earth. The sea spread out like a silver shield. Fire in the hearth.

Water, water, everywhere. One can drink it from the air. Taste the sea salt on the wind. Sopping. Sodden. The ground squishes beneath the boot. The ditches run.

The fire in the hearth. Dancing, lively. The rain lashing against the windows. Earth. Air. Fire. Water.