Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Epiphany

e·piph·a·ny

noun, plural -nies.
1.
( initial capital letter ) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
2.
an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
3.
a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
4.
a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.
 

I doodle in my sketchbook all the time, as it sits just to the right of my wacom tablet. Chatting on the phone, waiting for photos to upload to my computer, simply responding to my day dreamy impulses....nothing amazing or frameable ever comes of it. But when I made this little absent minded sketch - at the moment I drew that intersection, I was somewhere else. My simple description of it doesn't give it the impact it had. For that fleeting moment I felt some kind of perfect truth, not just in my mind, but in my gut.

I had an epiphany!

I tried to think of historical forms that I've seen in the past that created such a feeling and the first one that came to mind was this one.

It resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and although I walk through this room often, this time it just wouldn't let me walk away.

A strange and wonderful thing, epiphanies are, and I'm glad I had the presence of mind to revel in it for the few moments that it presented itself to me.

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2 Comments:

Blogger East West Poetry said...

Amazing Linda ~ I'm so glad you shared this. It's inspiring to see your notebook and hear your thoughts. Very poetic! I also love the image of the vessel. We're going to the Met for my birthday - I'll look for it.

September 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Linda Ellett said...

Hi Jaye - I'm so glad you visited the post!! Last night Don and I met up with Nan and Ken at a great wood fired pizza place over on Fish Creek outside Saratoga. The pizza pie of choice is named "The Epiphany" and when we ordered it I told the waitress that I had just had an epiphany yesterday, and we all laughed, getting that it was the other kind of epiphany.
Birthday celebration pizzas - Don's b-day was Monday and Ken's b-day was yesterday. Talk to you soon and hope you have a wonderful b-day celebration yourself!!

September 28, 2011 at 3:04 PM  

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