it could say so much more

via Discover Challenge: Mind the Gap

subway by Tim Knopf is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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subway by Tim Knopf is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

“In the yellow time of pollen, in the blue time of lilacs,/in the green that would balance on the wide green world,” – Luke Davies, “from Totem Poem [In the yellow time of pollen]”

It may have started life as an ordinary subway tunnel.  The kind of tunnel people use to and from the underground train.  Hurrying to work, rushing to school, heading home at the end of a long day.

The tunnel sees everything:  the missed promotions, the lost job, the failing exam grade.  The tunnel bears the earth overhead on its shoulders, holding a space open for those who walk on foot to the trains.  The tunnel has seen the fallen hopes and the abandoned dreams.  It has seen the lost child and the grieving parent.

Still, all the tunnel does is hold up the earth in a long arc through the center of the Earth.  The echo of voices and rushing train cars carries through the vacancies in the space deep below the soil.  Tunnels predate civilization.  There is a safety below ground, there is a protection from extreme heat, from marauding enemies.  What cannot be seen above ground cannot be looted or massacred or abducted.  This subway tunnel is descended from a long line of subterranean ancestors.  Burrows.  Warrens.  Crawl spaces.  Basements.


It may have started life as a subway tunnel.  An artificial underground passage from surface to train car.  But today the tunnel is the archivist of our civilization, it is the conveyor of our consciousness.


2 thoughts on “it could say so much more

  1. What a profound view of tunnels. I don’t know if you’ve watch Shall We Dance with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez. It made the train/subway seem romantic, or at least the ride. This is poignant… I feel. I find tunnels scary but considering what it sees – the pains, especially, it’s not to be feared.. more than that, I think. Somehow, I feel it evokes a feeling of awe. Or, am I being melodramatic? 🙂
    It’s wonderful, Theresa. Hugs. xxx

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  2. I had not thought of “Shall We Dance” – great movie – and that’s a wonderful connecting image. The train passing along the track, allowing one to see glimpses of life as it passes. It reminds me of this time of year (for us) – the late fall, when it gets dark around 5:00 pm and if you are walking on the sidewalk, you can often see into the warmly-lit homes of people getting ready to make dinner, etc. – before they have shut their curtains. Confession: I like to imagine what it is like to be the resident to the home I’m glancing into as I walk by. 🙂 HUGS!


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