Sunday, January 23, 2011
Hank Johnson Searches For the Word, among other things.
Kristina said that writing was a little bit like dying one word at a time some days.
Hank liked the sound of that some how. Not the dying so much as the words. Yes, that was it, the words, the worlds, the feeling and the meaning. Like dying. Like giving it all. Like that favorite song, Witness, by Sarah McLachlan - "...And when we're done soul searching, and we've carried the weight, and Died for the Cause - Is misery made beautiful, right before our eyes, mercy - be revealed, or blind us where we stand?" Sometimes it's like that, to carry the weight and die for the cause. One more, as Bono says, in the name of love.
Rod Serling used to say "You're traveling through another dimension -- a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Twilight Zone." Again, he liked the sound of the words, & the feeling. Yes, there it was again - the feeling and the meaning.
And from somewhere in the Bible, the beginning of the Book of John, the beginning of the world, "In the Beginning there was The Word. And the word was with God. And the Word was God ."
There it was. Again. Words, God's words, created the world. At least in that one interpretation of the scene.
Hank's brother had once said something about words being how we thought as adult human beings. That we thought in words. He knew that was true, but not always, or perhaps not always the whole of it.
How much of his Dream Time was spent in an absence of words? Not all, but still much. A dimension of sight, of sound, yes, and of touch and smell and time and space, of feeling, and of fog. Always that fog in his mind.
Hank remembered something they talked of once, in the old time, he and she. Coming up, or perhaps across as it were, from one of those long twilight zone times of senses all alight and more somehow, to the knowledge, the absolute certain knowledge that there was and is a place of being where light and sound share a same frequency. He had later lost that taste, that touch of that realization. For years lost.
And then The Ring.The ringing in his ears. The ringing in his brain, or was it his mind. He didn't know when it started, at first only noticed when all else was silence. Then gradually The Ring asserted itself as a real thing. A certain tangible thing in of it's own right, it's own reality and reality changing existance, undeniable. Inescapable.
And then he remebered that place. The Place where Light and Sound and Touch and Taste and Love were all the same. The same frequency. The same meaning.
And Hank knew again, The Ring.
Could he somehow catch that light by paint or by photo process?
That light, that equal to The Ring.
And what of words? At once pure abstractions of things more tangible, more Real, and yet very Real and tangible things in their own right. To capture the word, the just right word to abstractly or concretely represent a thing, a dimension, of sight and sound and touch and smell and Feeling, for which he was just not sure there was a word or even a combination of words.
And there again, he found The Ring.
Hank will keep searching, living, loving, reading and writing, for the words, for the word.