Exterior Lighting

I’m sitting on a concrete bench outside.
The air is dry, like air is here. I’m wondering why there is so much less moisture up high,
then I remember what I’m supposed to be doing.

I look at the street lamp, or should I call it a sidewalk lamp since there’s no asphalt around?
Maybe it’s a turf lamp or a gravel lamp since that’s where it’s stuck:
right between false, plastic grass and a man-made concrete sidewalk, peppered with large smooth stones,
I’ve passed it so many times.
It may actually be silly, but it’s my favorite exterior lighting fixture on campus.

When people walk under it I get a sense of this specific shot from the Charlie Kaufman movie,
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The song that plays is called “Phone Call” and it’s composed by Jon Brion,
he did the score for the whole movie,
he’s well established musically.

In the shot you see Jim Carrey, who plays a man named Joel Barish,
walking away down the sidewalk,
away from Clementine Kruczynski, played by a rainbow haired Kate Winslet.

There is a beautiful grit in the air that emphasizes the color of the street/turf/gravel lamp.
It’s warm,
it’s safe,
it’s encompassing and then he’s gone away from her.

That’s what I’m looking at rigt now,
through the near distortion of a tree,
this color of light spreading in its soft glow, working for the purpose of safety,
and to me, somehow, instilling these thoughts.

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