Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Treasure


I found a treasure today, for a moment. And then I realized it was a dead fly. It looked like a lost earring, an iridescent shimmer of green and blue, picked out by the morning light. It was so beautiful, and then it wasn't.

And then I thought, why shouldn't I wear dead flies in my ears? Compared to that, diamonds and pearls are pretty ho-hum. Give me flash! Give me dazzle!

Come to think of it, some of the prettiest things are under-rated: broken glass, for example. Dead leaves. Smog at sunset. Water with oil spills on it.

Just a little shift of perception is all it takes to surround us with treasures.