Monday, June 21, 2021

Another photo from Jim

Jim in Tamworth posted this photo for the solstice. 
He wrote: 

Ciao, amici Here is a photo for tonight's summer solstice at 23:31; I've included an excerpt from Seamus Heaney's solstice poem, "A dream of Solstice". 

It refers to the winter solstice, but the sun stands still at both. 

I love Heaney's use of the quote from Dante too. I do remember most of my dreams but there are times when I only remember the feeling, as does Dante's dreamer. 

About the photo This was the scene that greeted us as we returned from our first post-pandemic trip to visit our grandson and family in Wisconsin. The mountains, the clouds, the drama in the sky really said to us 'welcome home.' The photo reflects not just the physical beauty of the landscape, but also our turbulent feelings after not seeing our daughter and her family for so long, like all of us separated from family by the pandemic. 

Photo details: 
"Overboiling clouds", 15 June '21, 19:13 
Canon Mark III EOS 5d, Canon EF28mm f/1.8 USM 
1/80", f/4.5, ISO 100 
Mount Chocorua under a dark sky, looking north from Page Hill 

 Excerpt The Irish Times, 21 Dec 1999 A Dream of Solstice by Seamus Heaney
Qual è colüi che sognando vede, 
che dopo 'l sogno la passione impressa rimane, 
e l'altro a la mente non riede, 
cotal son io... 

 Dante, Paradiso, Canto xxxiii 

 [Just as the dreamer, after he awakens, 
still stirred by feelings that the dream evoked, 
cannot bring the rest of it to mind, 
such am I…] 

And as in illo tempore [in that time] people marked 
The king's gold dagger when he plunged it in 

To the hilt in unsown ground, to start the work 
Of the world again, to speed the plough 
And plant the riddled grain, we watch through murk 
And overboiling cloud for the milted glow 

Of sunrise, for an eastern dazzle 
To send first light like share-shine in a furrow 
 Steadily deeper, farther available, 
Creeping along the floor of the passage grave 

To backstone and capstone, to hold its candle Inside the cosmic hill…