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

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

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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