Jason Dean Arnold

Evening Commute

Sunset by Tohikata Mizuno

There is nothing more beautiful
than the appearance of chaos
in the formless shape nature takes.
Tree limbs recognize and wrap
around one another, lovers’ arms
levitate above the road.

There is an unseen order.

As I drive, I know I need
to know nothing more
than what’s in front of me-
rain clouds broken by sunlight,
a tangled tunnel of oak trees,
their palms open to the sky
ready for rainfall.

The italicized words are a quote from William James.


About the writer:
Jason Dean Arnold’s entire career has been devoted to the importance of education, from teaching in the K-12 setting to designing and teaching online courses for post secondary. He currently serves as the director for E-Learning, Technology, and Communications at the University of Florida’s College of Education. Jason has no ability to compartmentalize. As a result, his writing, visual artwork, and music (and other creative output) are all extensions of his love for learning.

Image: Sunset: Women of the Keian Era (1648-52) from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections by Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908). Woodblock print. Size unspecified. 1894. Public domain.