Sunday, October 10, 2010
Staten Island Ferry
New York City is a place that feels both big and small at the same time. It is, after all, an island surrounded by islands, so although there is always so much to do and see and so many people to meet, Brian and I often find ourselves in the same places, surrounded by the same people.
This week, I was assigned in one of my workshops to take the Staten Island Ferry and draft a poem that explores (or is inspired by) the Manhattan cityscape. It's probably needless to say that Brian and I were both excited to have an excuse to make the short and free trip, especially on one of the sunny, beautiful days we've been enjoying lately.
To see the city from far away, muted and small, feels very much like taking a breath: there is so much in every single breath we take--years of our lives, years and breaths of others', thoughts, stresses, molecules, exchanges--but in this moment, the cityscape is one, single, unified view. Stacked and stacked and stacked in every direction with conversations, history (centuries!), and motion, but in this moment, still.
Photo © 2010 Brian Adams
Text by Ash Adams
Posted by brian adams at 9:49 AM