Piercing Daylight by Miranda Proctor
Shards of sunlight
like Christmas lights
in the sharp cracks
between palm leaves.
as the Japanese called it—
Where the earth and sky
in the space where
light and leaf interplayed,
But this light was a new light.
A light that
refusing to be contained.
A light that
instead of passively filtering,
This light pierced daylight.
Unfortunately, just about everyone has felt the piercing sting of the sun during a hot summer day. When I shot this the other day it was about 88 degrees and I didn’t stand a chance against the sun. I sweated through my makeup in the first five minutes… While I was walking around our downtown looking for a good back ground, all I could think about was how badly I wanted bubble tea (if you haven’t tried bubble tea, I highly recommend it! Disclaimer: you might not like the bubbles at first but they can grow on ya!)
The thing is, we focus so much on the small discomforts that we forget about the rawness of life. When I looked up into the palm leaves trying to fan myself before the next shot, I saw the light cutting through the sharp edges of the leaves. I’m not going to say that my sweating magically stopped because I was so moved by how beautiful it was (that’s bogus) but I will say it made the near heat-stroke worth it.
Noticing the stark intensity of something as seemingly insignificant as sunlight peeking through the gaps in the palm leaves is what life is about. The little details that you find beautiful are the true moments that remind you of what it means to be human. So I urge you to practice a little aestheticism and focus on the little beauties.
Love life and all the details it has to offer.
Thanks for reading,