rise of the fall

Today for no particular reason has been a complete sunshine day! A truly Amazing!
More so, after a night of sleep which was like trapeze hovering on semi-conscious, a melange of dreams – cute and scary. Every few hours I felt like I was almost awake, and, for a moment upon waking after in the morning, I was sure I had not slept at all. Well, I had. Insomnia has been a friend for a while.
Last 8 weeks or so things have been moving with alarming dynamism on event horizon. Everything collided and fused with everything else, the good news and the really bad news. Feeling rutted and near-tears, most of the times, I was exhausted both in body and spirit.
What exactly is the colour of pain? Why do we write? Does narrative help? Can all experiences can be distilled into a few extraordinary moments? Closed, undetected in some handy corner of the heart? And, are some moments in life not so priceless that they are worth those other zillion of wasted moments when we ghost walk our existence? The moments that are timeless…
Like the first kiss that stole your heart or the first wail of your baby or the moment they gave you first pay check or when you were proposed or the moment you see death…
Some moments definitely are timeless.
Why do we write? To collect these timelessness, which the “dailiness” of life at times begins dissolving into haziness.
No office work to distract, since I quit my last workplace and post-traumatic stress, and life in general, had left me feeling more anxious and more depressed than ever. Mostly, it’s the whole post-trauma stuff, which seems to permeate everything else. It seems, life, (which if you look at it carefully, is quite ironic almost all the time) was a 22 course dinner where even before you have completely savoured your last delicacy, you get dragged into the next one.
So, today (26.10.2007) was one of those perfect blissful days. The unhurried silence that hung snugly on the whole place. One of those sublimely autumn days, where the breeze is just pleasantly cool, the sun just graciously warm and the sky that color of rich undisturbed blue with occasional wispy white clouds.
I pick up one of the books which I borrowed on my last visit to the library and settle down for a slow leisurely lead. A perfect treat on a perfect day! The whole area just ringing with that bonhomie silence interspersed with voice of domesticity of the neighborhood.
The inclines of green autumnal glades, the sleepy warmth of sun, I sink into the delicate folds of my beanbag, face upturned drinking up the sun slowly but hungrily. The air cool and filled with smell of fall: emerald grass, musk of wood smoke and falling leaves. My only companion my book and the flight of those winged creatures… the ones I have envied for their unassuming freedom, forever. I have not a had day like this, the day when I was completely, wholly in the beauty of now.
The same unhurried camaraderie over a cup of tea and conversation with my sis. The same glee and flirtatiousness exchanged over text messages with him.
Witnessing and reveling into the glory of this magically simple day, is something which I think I completely needed.
And, then when the sapphire of the evening slowly turned into inky blue of the night and the breeze is still cool, I am entirely content looking at that huge perfectly milky dollop of full moon, majestically gracing this autumn sky here tonight!
And, I guess I am slowly but surely stepping out of the abyss. And, for sure I haven't lost my capacity for joy. My capacity for diving into these exquisite moments, dripping with love, with the unchallenged certainty!

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