Infinitude in Manitoba

It’s 9:15 and I’m torn between taking in the last bits of what has turned out to be the longest and most stunning sunset of my life and jotting down the thoughts and vocabulary inspired by it’s immensity.

The plains of western Manitoba were cool in temperature and hot with sun.  Partly cloudy. Flat… Flat…… Flat.  The road was straight for 7 hours today and we drove straight with only a short stop in a town of no more than 800 to view, and walk on, the town’s swinging pedestrian bridge over their local lake, (read pond.)

Tonight, the sky is filled with a molten gold.  I felt at one point as if the road were so stright and the ground so barron, that we might catch the sun again, should we only drive fast enough.  The trees seemed forced, as if alien to the land; an invasive species planted on a world of wheat fields and cattle pastuers.

Powerlines stretch for no less than 20 km in all directions.  Small ponds, like shallow sprawling puddles left from a biblical flood, are filled with ducks; a motel for the weary feathered travelers.

Our windshield is peppered with the smeared insides of a thousand tiny creatures, whose lives were blinked out in a decidedly selfish, yet seemingly inevitable event.  In this vast land of 3 hour sunsets, literally slowed by the shear linearity and persistence of our travel, in this stark and simply beautiful landscape, their fatality is no less than a sincere example of crossing through the wrong thread of space at the wrong point in time.

Both impermanence and infinitude present themselves in Manitoba; a straight-forward lesson in universal truth, driven home by the simple act of opening my eyes.

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