Guest Post: Matt's Rose-Like Clusters Bring Cooling Breezes

Guest Post: Matt's Rose-Like Clusters Bring Cooling Breezes

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 4, 2005

This has nothing to do with apartments, really, but everything to do with therapy, and the subway.

For all of the time I spend on it every day, I feel as if it is my patio - if my apartment were to have such a luxury. Now that the weather has gotten hotter, my place to read the morning paper or get lost in the latest Harry Potter novel has become a sweaty, overcrowded steamroom.

I am stuck between unacquainted neighbors, a sea of faces, arms and bellies.

I was contemplating this when I stopped at my local flower shop before my home commute, while I took photos of a plant with miniscule clusters of rose-like blossoms. On close inspection, these blossoms numbered in the thousands, all no more than 10 millimeters.

That evening commute was the most crowded I have been in, on the hottest day, with the trains not running as scheduled. As I stood among the passengers that seemed to fit themselves together as a ragged jigsaw puzzle, the image of that flower cluster through my lens flashed to my eyes. Looking around I only saw a cluster of flowers, and it was instantly cooler.

The Japanese use the ringing of windchimes to achieve the same type of mental trickery; when they hear the wind blow, their minds think that it is cooler. Smiling through a sea of people, imagining them all as a small blossom in a tight cluster - that is mine. MN

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