I had to write an essay for my Art Appreciation class about seeing something I’ve seen over and over again, but in a new light. This is what I came up with. I made it into a video as well, link in the title. I liked the way it sounded.
It happens every year. The world outside becomes cruel and unforgiving. The big ball of fire in the sky ignites the earth, burning our skin, turning it ungodly hues of brown and red. Water seeps through our skin in the hopes of cooling us off, but it’s useless. We seek refuge indoors rather than enjoy what lays beyond. It is not a beautiful thing; it is an enemy, a unendurable trial, a thing to be feared.
But then, just as quickly, everything changes. Planet shifting, turning, sending the mass of gaseous flame to another place, and we are given Autumn. Leaves brown; they fall and die. Winds chill our skin, but we can bundle up. Decaying foliage smells of new beginnings, new experiences - it smells of adventure. The world suddenly opens up and becomes a playground once more. Everything is beautiful - the trees, the sky, faces of friends and lovers. Clinging to the colors; coffee brown, burnt orange, blood red, before white swallows them up.
A gnarled tree looks like a story, it’s leaves scattered around it’s trunk. Streets look like gateways to worlds yet unknown; paths to be followed. Old buildings are more like old friends, looming and groaning in the distance, welcoming.
The world becomes a picture that we’re somehow roaming through. It’s new and rich and exciting and beautiful and wonderful. How could we have ever forgotten what it’s like to step outside and never want to go back in? Outside, the world was once unforgiving, and now it welcomes us in open arms, like an old friend or relative, back for her yearly visit. It’s wonderful and beautiful and full of magic. The wind, now cool, caresses us, gently nudging us on, to move forward, find ourselves, find adventure, go places, see things, but not just see them, look.
It happens every year. The world outside becomes a landscape for new dreams.