Walking in Mind

A Trail of Thoughts

The Layers

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The brightest of winter mornings, and a walk with João, a Brazilian friend. He is irate about corruption and violence at home.

Desordem e regresso, those are the words our flag should bear.’

My flag is wordless on the surface, but were I to scratch at the colours, I imagine that something would emerge, faint and true beneath the red, white and blue. Nostalgia and denial, perhaps.

Later, at home, I read to João a poem by Stanley Kunitz, The Layers. He is struck above all by the final section and asks me to read it once more.

In my darkest night,

when the moon was covered

and I roamed through wreckage,

a nimbus-clouded voice

directed me:

“Live in the layers,

not on the litter.”

Though I lack the art

to decipher it,

no doubt the next chapter

in my book of transformations

is already written.

I am not done with my changes.

 

Author: Alan Nance

A Cornishman by birth, I have lived in Catalonia since 1998. Although I trained and have practised as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I now work solely as a freelance scientific translator and editor, an activity that allows me more time for walking and for my travels in and between Catalonia and Cornwall, and beyond.

6 thoughts on “The Layers

  1. Love these photographs Alan and the lines from Stanley Kuniz, someone who I’m not very familiar with.

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  2. So glad you’re back Alan

    On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 10:47 PM, Walking in Mind wrote:

    > Alan Nance posted: ” The brightest of winter mornings, and a walk with > João, a Brazilian friend. He is irate about corruption and violence at > home. ‘Desordem e regresso, those are the words our flag should bear.’ My > flag is wordless on the surface, but wer” >

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  3. Very nice Alan and the photograph accompanies the text bauatifully.

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