The white stone

Image

If you are familiar with cairns, you might be tempted to think that their natural unit of time might be the year or even the decade. Some can, after all, survive for centuries without much change. But as today’s events taught me, a day can also be a long time in the life of a cairn. On the way to work this morning, I discovered a large white stone next to my cairn. I immediately thought of the ominous monolith in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Who had placed the stone there, and why? Do you agree that my cairn looks menaced in the above photograph?

Image

But then, on the way home from work this afternoon, I found my cairn had been disrupted, its stones dislodged and scattered. I told myself it was probably today’s strong winds, not wishing to believe that individual agency could be behind such destruction.

Image

The white stone, for its part, had moved about a metre. Curious.

Tomorrow I intend to restack the stones. That, Gentle Reader, is also part of the practice of cairn building.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s