Image: Clouds at sunset

Sometimes while I’m bicycling, I look up at some clouds and feel like I can just barely see them passing by as I move. If I let myself focus on that, I get the thrill of feeling my motion in the larger context of the whole sky, as if I’m just shooting down a country road, or floating through the air, without all the bothersome nonsense of streets and intersections and traffic.

Image: Sunset over a west Toronto intersection

But I can’t really let my attention just rest up there, because after all, that nonsense is important in its own way.

Obviously, this makes a great heavy-handed metaphor.

Image: Power lines at sunset