I sit in the same spot every morning with my coffee and my thoughts. Vito lies at my side breathing in the stillness. Books sit face down with open spines, exposed to my markings, waiting for light to lift the words up into me. Wristwatches are nearby recording time, some in sync with the now and others stopped during a forgotten moment.
I set down a turquoise carton of coconut water and watch the sun, rising through the glass doors, play with the topical reflections I see shifting from the simple cardboard container into memories of blonde sand and seductively leaning palm trees.
Next to the arched books sits a cylindrical leather case with small tools inside. The leather is cracked brown cowhide. This is designed to hold pencils and pens, a child’s receptacle for school. I use it to hold small screwdrivers, spring-bar tools, case-back knives to fix watches. There are also a host of tiny surgical tools taken from other settings like forceps and hemostats and polishing tools with abrasive edges.
The tools are all collected in this cracked brown leather case with worn ripples, aging seams and wrinkles around the patina where antique beige stitching holds. The new light comes in and cuts new dimensional interest into the character crevices of the leather shining back alternating matte textures and burnished edges. The tool case leans to one side with its top unzipped revealing the black and red plastic handles of its contents.
There are many imaginative tools used to extend my hands inside there. Art is extending the hands into a new domain. Rallying thoughts migrate and actions form in the fine-motor memory of my hands. The space where hands reach and extend with a tool, brush or pen unlocks an unconscious barrier trapped within. Oceanic clusters in unconscious dreams marry tangible shapes and words to mold and admire.
The leather holds on to the new light. Tools are secure. The day enters over my shoulder through the glass. I see beauty in the worn edges and the cracks that remind time to tell me again to appreciate what surrounds me.