Language shapes reality, and Earth shapes language. To expand that vocabulary, here’s an environmental neologism, a code used alfresco – an Alfrescode – to give voice to a particular phenomenon.
Like a conspiratorial merchant, blue can elide detail and flatten context within the pleasure it provides. Azure sky can be lustrous and turquoise water can be inviting – almost as if adjectives were more important than verbs. So much effort is expended understanding what the sky means, may mean, and has meant, that we forget our human capacity to survive the depravity of slightly less-warm mornings and hair-adjusting breezes.
Violet can’t trace a return into greenery.
Corners edge into iris – wild iris – blossoming our Spring. And one becomes many…possibly. Optimism befits a thing that aspires to more, never-will-be-seen things. For handcuffed to a hill, accented into place, this – and these – wild iris cannot, to me, describe the land.
Weather in Unpredictable Times
From drought to flooding, California’s current water identity is the involuted proof of a now-significant unpredictability: models (meteorological, biological, oceanographic) made meaningless by global warming. Continue reading “Be Careful What You Ask For, You Just Might Get It”
If language shapes reality, then it’s the experience of Earth that shapes language. To expand that vocabulary, here’s an environmental neologism – ecologism – to give voice to a particular phenomenon.