I have Laid a Cloak Over Your World

I have Laid a Cloak Over Your World

It snowed here, in southern Washington state, and I took this iphone pic of a small tree in our yard–of course it does not convey what a good camera, a good photographer would convey, the traceries of snow on the tree that bring its branchings into relief, that accentuate them. Undistinguished shrubs are wearing ermine, suddenly looking royal and distinctive. I’ve lived most of the last 30 years in California, and when I was a boy in Oregon it rarely snowed…The snow comes down in slanted whorls here…

The psychological effect on those of us raised with Christmas card imagery, the illusory cleansing effect, sets off an inward reverberation of cultural imprinting. Not unpleasant. Even without Christmas cards and Christmas movies, the transformation of the surface of the world, (usually without much damage, if any) impresses people. “Look!” Something says. “I have laid a cloak over your world, so that you feel mine.”

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