“. . . at this season, the blossom is out in full now,
there in the west, early.
It’s a plum tree; it looks like apple blossom but it’s white, and looking at it,
instead of saying “Oh that’s nice blossom” …
Last week looking at it through the window when I’m writing,
I see it is the whitest, frothiest,
blossomest blossom that there ever could be,
and I can see it.
Things are both more trivial than they ever were,
and more important than they ever were,
and the difference between the trivial and the important doesn’t seem to matter.
But the nowness of everything is absolutely wondrous,
and if people could see that, you know.
There’s no way of telling you; you have to experience it,
but the glory of it, if you like, the comfort of it, the reassurance …
not that I’m interested in reassuring people — bugger that.
The fact is, if you see the present tense, boy do you see it! And boy can you celebrate it.”

~ British playwright, Dennis Potter, on the the wonder that arose in him, facing his iminent death.

Seeing the Present Tense

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