In Sympathy and Solidarity

I awaken this morning with the same deep sadness I felt as I went to sleep; I feel as if I have been hollowed out. The murders in Paris, apparently by zealots with automatic weapons, exceed the horizon of my understanding. Trickling into the hollow they have left is numbness that tends toward astonishment. I feel stony now in this aftermath.

As a reaching across emptiness, I go back to the streets I’ve walked many times, to the garden where I like to sit. I admire the French for their capacity to create space, and light in that space, for their ideal of sharing that space, for their attempts to share that ideal even as they (like me, like we) are flawed. Here then, in sympathy and solidarity, is a short walk and sit, along those streets, in that garden.

Along the river

Along the river

Light alive

Light alive

A love for trees and gardens

A love for trees and gardens

And a love for light, even in stairwells

And a love for light, even in stairwells

Back to the garden

Back to the garden

A capacity for shared space and beauty

A capacity for shared space and beauty

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2 Responses to In Sympathy and Solidarity

  1. Scott

    Your walk leaves us much to appreciate about the City of Light(s), even in a time of mourning. It is no cold pastoral. Paris seems animated in your photos, Sandy — oddly, I’m reminded of the “Two Trails” entry from Dec. ’12. We bow to Annie Dillard in saying that we are all living in a kind of extended emergency bivouac. But at a time like this I am more inclined to remember Dickinson’s words: “After great pain, a formal feeling comes.” Feeling stony is a precursor to art, to writing, to the efficacy of form which, Wallace Stevens says, Will Suffice. Thanks, Sandy.

  2. Donna Marie

    I have family who live in a suburb of Paris. Needless to say, I was worried about their safety. Fortunately, they were at home when the atrocity took place. Remembering in my heart and prayers all the citizens of France and especially those who were massacred.