I love this set of short vignettes from Ben Myers. I love the sense of stopping, of taking time to see, the sense of being present and attentive within this world. What are the vignettes, the seeing you’d want to preserve in words? Where are you standing, sitting, seeing…?
Here’s an example of one of Ben’s reflections. Presumably his standpoint is Long Beach in California.
A man gets out of a car and stands beside me. He’s one of those gangsta types in baggy gangsta clothes. We stand for a while looking at the sea. Without turning he asks me, “What’s going on?” I tell him, “The sun is setting.” “True that,” the gangsta says. “Happen right here every day.” Then he goes down on to the sand and stays there a long time. Later I see him sitting on the sand, hands folded, looking up into the golden sky. The longer I watch him, the more I am persuaded that he is a poet or a saint…”