|Sailing vessel Island Bound running before the wind|
under her sunny spinnaker
And so today I bring you this quote...
"There's no opium so sweet as the unguarded sunny sleep on the deck of a boat when it's after lunch in summer and you don't know when you are going to arrive nor what port you will land at, when you've forgotten east and west and your name and your address and how much money you have in your pocket."
Those are the words of American novelist and artist, John Dos Passos. Many (most) of Passos' writing is political at some level, and while I'm not long for politics and it seems there will be almost no escape from election rhetoric over the coming year, I like the quote. It's soothing here in February to close my eyes and feel the July warmth of "sunny sleep" on Island Bound's deck. I've already written about the freedom described in the second part of the Passos' quote, but I think it's telling that someone as political as Passos can find escape on the deck of a boat too.
So whether you're reading this in the office, at home, at school, or on your boat, take a moment to feel the the warmth and refreshment of a "sunny sleep".