Poetry & Words

A Mountain Can’t Hide the Light

We can't hide memories any more than mountains can hide the sunWe want to say the memories split the light in half, the way a single mountain peak does at sunrise, when the orb of burning fire rises just beyond the apex. But the truth is, the light never splits that way. Really, it diffuses, it lights up every crevice and ridge and line until the whole horizon is in flames. As much as we want to fold up the memories and draw lines around them and never travel their pathways again, memories don’t compartmentalize. There is no Continental Divide.

We can’t divy the past up — this drop for the Atlantic and this drop for the Pacific — because water and light don’t work that way. Memories wrap around us, they are us. We’ve been led through the past and we’ve been redeemed and we are redeemed and we are being redeemed, right in this very rain-drenched, sun-soaked moment.

A mountain can’t hide the sun any more than droughts can prove rain is a myth. And shadows, those shifting slate-grey mirages, depend on light for their very existence.

And so deluge or drought, midnight or dawn, shadow or noon, there’s still light

and there’s still life-giving rain

and there’s still hope.

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Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Autumn/Winter 2013 TOAST UK Catalogue

The November 2013 edition of the Autumn/Winter Toast UK catalogue (the House + Home and Women’s sections are all merged into one issue now) is stunning for its frozen lakes, tall pines, and slate mountains. These are all aspects of the natural world distinctly lacking in this corner of the world, and I especially miss them as Christmas approaches. Truthfully, I miss the way they look through windowpanes — with me remaining on the warm side — because I do so like to stay toasty. No pun intended. 

November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall Pines

November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall Pines

November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall Pines

November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall Pines

November 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesNovember 2013 Toast Catalog - Slate Mountains, Frozen Lakes and Tall PinesWant more pretty pictures? You can keep on looking through the TOAST archives, or go directly to a particular season in the list below.