Saturday, 14 February 2015
Has owning anything to do with love?
Yet, as Norman MacCaig so beautifully questioned in his poem, 'A Man in Assynt', when a millionaire buys the title to a piece of land like this, he or she doesn't get exclusive ownership of it. The landscape as a whole belongs to all of us or indeed, to each one of us individually. In any particular moment, as we take our place within it and feel its wonder, it can feel like a personal possession, and surely we are right to treasure this place like a precious heirloom, to be possessed by it.
I wonder how the people of the Iron Age considered ownership, and how different their concept of their relationship to the land was from the way we think of it now?
In that great poem, MacCaig asks, 'Has owning anything to do with love?' On Valentines Day, that seems an appropriate question to share. I'm still no closer to the answer than 'everything and nothing'.
Thanks to Bill Ritchie for the photo, and the land, and the love.
Posted by cybercrofter