Le chemin dans l’art (the trail in Art)
From “L’œil écoute” (the eye listens) Paul Claudel
The animals themselves know these tracks laid out in advance; I was shown a Buffalo trail through the Alleghenies* used by the quadruped peoples in their migrations from East to West.
The continents do not form an unchanging and immobile plate.
There is a balance between the climate and the seasons, there is a breath which is the wind, there are regular voyages in the sky–and I am not saying only those of starlings and ducks–there is the call of the sea, there is above all the general and complex complacency of the earth to the slope which gives rise towards the rivers.
It all depends on the weight and a long-planned movement that eventually comes to pass. There is a general need for something else and somewhere else.
* The Alleghenies form a part of the vast Appalachian mountain chain in the eastern part of North America.