January 26, 2008

Shar and Happy approach what is known in local lore as "The Witches Hat."
It was a water tower built in 1913 and decommissioned in 1952, occupying the "highest land form in Minneapolis", which is now a park. The tower itself was designed by a Norweigan architect who was plagued by trolls.
The oak-studded hill in Prospect Park on which it stands affords a somewhat industrial western skyline vista, looking towards downtown Minneapolis and the Mississippi River.

January 26, 2008

A winter sunset snared by the oak trees on the banks of the Mississippi.

With a thousand eyes, the river looked at him, with green ones, with white ones, with crystal ones, with sky-blue ones. How did he love this water, how did it delight him, how grateful was he to it! In his heart he heard the voice talking, which was newly awaking, and it told him:
Love this water! Stay near it! Learn from it! Oh yes, he wanted to learn from it, he wanted to listen to it. He who would understand this water and its secrets, so it seemed to him, would also understand many other things, many secrets, all secrets.
But out of all secrets of the river, he today only saw one, this one touched his soul. He saw: this water ran and ran, incessantly it ran, and was nevertheless always there, was always an at all times the same and yet new in every moment! Great be he who would grasp this, understand this! He understood and grasped it not, only felt some idea of it stirring, a distant memory, divine voices.

Hermann Hesse » Siddhartha » Chapter 9
THE FERRYMAN