The clarification of the visible is a property of a disk of transparent plastic that rests on each eye, distorting light to its true shapes. I eat lunch on the edge of the parking lot and watch tough small leaves waver on arthritic limbs of oak twisted into a rigid imbalance between me and the freeway. Beyond the freeway, oaks cover the foothills like thick matted fur of a great beast. Clarity improves the distance and increases attention. Tiny brown ants crawl everywhere into awareness to explore the natural resources of asphalt, pebble, leaf, stick.

15 June 1988