the blue of longing

Posted: March 14, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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blue of longing detail Mo 16The Blue of Longing Mo16
an old earring turned into a necklace with turquoise, ceramic & glass beads threaded on indigo dyed cord
blue-of-longing-Mo16I dream of one day visiting the Land of the Faraway Nearby as Georgia O’Keefe named it in New Mexico
this piece honours that dream
the title is from Rebecca Solnit on the blue of longing;
“ We treat desire as a problem to be solved, address what desire is for and focus on that something and how to acquire it rather than on the nature and the sensation of desire, though often it is the distance between us and the object of desire that fills the space in between with the blue of longing. I wonder sometimes whether with a slight adjustment of perspective it could be cherished as a sensation on its own terms, since it is as inherent to the human condition as blue is to distance? If you can look across the distance without wanting to close it up, if you can own your longing in the same way that you own the beauty of that blue that can never be possessed? For something of this longing will, like the blue of distance, only be relocated, not assuaged, by acquisition and arrival, just as the mountains cease to be blue when you arrive among them and the blue instead tints the next beyond. Somewhere in this is the mystery of why tragedies are more beautiful than comedies and why we take a huge pleasure in the sadness of certain songs and stories. Something is always far away. The far seeps in even to the nearest. After all we hardly know our own depths.”
– Rebecca Solnit
A Field Guide To Getting Lost

  1. Love the amulet Mo . . . and the quote. It’s a very neat reframing of desire. I’ve never thought of desire and being anything other than a longing for something absent and that can be either destructive of positive . . . like anger, anger at injustice can be a positive force just as desire for some state can lead to a passion for attainment. Feelings just are, and, I think, we need to sit alongside them sometimes even when they are uncomfortable. Interesting . . . thanks.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Wendy, have been trying to make something out of that earring for a long time, it’s such a strong perfect shape that it rejected my fiddling til now!

  2. Liz says:

    There are so many things we’ll never get to do …
    which led me to Bob Dylan’s “Tangled up in Blue”
    A morning’s meditation, courtesy of you …
    learning to embrace a different point of view

  3. fiberels says:

    love the red tassels with the turquoise !!!

  4. ravenandsparrow says:

    Just the title of your post sent me on a meditative inner tour. The blue of distance reminds me of the blue twilight…”the blue hour”, which also has to do with longing. The unattained and the ephemeral are closely allied… Your necklace is wonderful.

  5. handstories says:

    There is a dreamy wistfullness to this piece, especially the free red beaded ends. I think you are the one who turned me on to Rebecca Solnit. I am slowly, so so slowly still reading “The Faraway Nearby”. I keep starting over, feeling like I’m missing so much, trying to soak every drop in- licking the bowl of her way with words. ox

  6. Carol says:

    Wonderful quotation, Mo, the more I read the more I find. The amulet is stunning! Very, very beautiful. It’s many years since I’ve been to New Mexico, but it really deserves to be on your bucket list. I loved it and I know you certainly would too.

    • Mo Crow says:

      maybe one day but one dream I need to see in real life is The Kimberley in an October in the not too Faraway Nearby to see the boab trees in flower!

  7. coloremartine says:

    Blue and lovely………………

  8. bugger, my comment about this jewel disappeared
    as always……sigh

  9. saskia says:

    how serendipitous: I have recently bought this same book…..ah you long to visit Grace as well, or perhaps you have other reasons for wanting to go to New Mexico, ha!

  10. if going to grace was possible……yesssss

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