From my favourite Roncesvalles fruitier
What are we seizing exactly?
It’s hard not to be thrilled by the baby-faced Robin Williams inspiring the youth: “Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
But the “carpe” in carpe diem doesn’t technically translate as “seize.” More precisely, it means “pluck.”
What if you “carpe-d” not so much by pressing forward faster, higher, and stronger?
[What if you “carpe-d” by stopping, stopping, stopping? Noticing what’s ripe and what’s ready. Plucking it, savoring it, relishing it.]
I’m remembering William Carlos Williams’ poem “This Is Just To Say:”
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
A relationship, a thing you’re creating, a moment of progress, a moment of set back, a vista, a ritual.
“delicious | so sweet | and so cold.”
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