Thursday, August 02, 2007

Smoky inspiration

Smoky days sometimes result in sunsets like this; as if the clouds are reflecting the flames raging throughout the West. None are raging in Boise itself, but in the surrounding range and forest lands. The hottest July on record for Idaho.

Smoke carries several meanings, double entendres. Creating a smoke screen to confuse or for escape. A smoking gun. Nothing but smoke and mirrors. That Alfa Romeo really smoked the competition. "Went upstairs and had a smoke; somebody spoke and I went into a dream…"

Ah—to have a dream that isn’t just smoke, isn’t just a beautiful sunset. Still going down the road trying to make out what’s up ahead…

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One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
~ Vincent Van Gogh

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
~ Arthur Polotnik

My land is bare of chattering folk;
the clouds are low along the ridges,
and sweet's the air with curly smoke
from all my burning bridges
~ Dorothy Parker

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