The world is mostly still asleep when I take my Bear for his morning walk. Even in the summer it is usually still dark but especially as the weather turns colder and the days shorter, the darkness is very heavy when we walk out the door. Sometimes I use the time to pre-process through the day and consider all of the tasks and distractions that will probably lie ahead. Or if I am in a good place mentally, I will take the time to pray for friends, for family, for my neighborhood. Whatever thoughts come to mind at 6:00 in the morning.
Lately these walks, as well as the walks at night, have overwhelmed me. The beauty of the buildings, the landscape, the illuminated train station. The all-encompassing night sky full of stars and a beautiful moon, juxtaposed against the skyline of Detroit to the east. It’s amazing, and I have it all to myself. It is as if a great idea is stuck in my head and I cannot find the words to express it.
You see, I want to be able to share the beauty of these walks with my friends, with my family. But I can’t. No camera could capture the intricate shadows the thousands of stars, and the cold breath of a happy dog in one picture. It just won’t do it justice. And for the first time in a while, I feel empathy for Roy Batty, Rutger Hauer’s Blade Runner character. His parting monologue came to mind this morning when I was overwhelmed by the beauty of it all:
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate…. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”
That’s the best way I can express the beauty around me. This city. My family. My students. My biggest fear is that these stories, these beauties, will go unknown by so many. I want to share these with you so they will not be lost in time, like tears in rain.