Summer ends now

… up above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour
Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier
Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?

(Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hurrahing in Harvest (Vale of Clwyd, Sept. 1, 1877)

The first day of March. The Hopkins quote seems inescapably apt. “Summer ends now,” it begins.

No photograph today. The images in the sonnet are vivid enough.

“The Hurrahing sonnet,” noted Hopkins in a letter, “was the outcome of half an hour of extreme enthusiasm as I walked home alone one day from fishing in the Elwy.”

Making the darkness conscious

Enlightenment consists not merely in the seeing of luminous shapes and visions, but in making the darkness visible. (Carl G Jung) 

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. (Carl G Jung) 

In his poem titled The Light of Mind (02 Sep 2011), John Weeren nicely catches something intrinsic to the human mind:

the light of mind
asks how to create shadows —
only darkness knows

Best I not say more.