Day: The heat of day is demanding. Where a single ray of sunlight creates pleasure, the entire force of the sun brings giants to their knees. It’s too much, too powerful to take in at once and it burns. Hiding is the first instinct. Shut it all out; don’t let it touch and it’ll all be over soon. At the right dosage it becomes bearable. Water, shade and the prospect of the cool of night help. And suddenly it’s not too much any longer. No need to hide no
need for protection. Every bit of light is more beautiful than the last and it seems endless.The night seems so far away that maybe, just maybe this time it won’t come. That this time the light, the joy, the warmth and the beauty may stay forever.
Evening: The evening is the highlight. It starts with the sunset. The wealth of colours it creates in the sky is more than a million paintings could ever hold. The horizon in the east turns purple while the few clouds in the west turn orange and red with a fiery white circle in the centre that is slowly swallowed by the ground. Everything is still warm and excited. The complexity of feelings it creates is impossible to put into words. Life flourishes in the fading light. It doesn’t stop when the sun is gone. Its light is replaced by a myriad of fires, candles and lamps that extend the moment. A colourful dance that conquers the darkness. It builds up to a climax so invigorating, so transcendently beautiful that all is forgotten and nothing matters but the here and now.
And then it stops.
Night: It’s dark. The darkness crept up, while the fires were still bright and the dance was at its climax. Unnoticed or ignored but inevitable. In an instant the whole world turns
around. It’s cold. All the warmth, all the excitement vanish. Just like that. What’s left is
emptiness. The memories of the feelings of the day just intensify the pain caused by their
loss. It’s silent. No more chatter, no more cheering or laughter just silence. All that
remains is the hope that there will be another day, And with it another brief period of joy
before an equally dark and long night.