Monday, February 27, 2012

Jordan is Sinking

What a lot of people don't know about little Jordan, Ontario is that it, in fact, is sinking—eroding slowly into the valley below (I'll provide photographic evidence). If you walk down the sidewalk along the valley wall, past the mailboxes, you'll notice where the ground starts to give way. It's subtle to be sure, but I would guess that in another few centuries my quaint little community will be completely subsumed into the great chthonic wound below.

It's nice, in an existential way, to consider how ephemeral all these places are, as are all the fleeting experiences that occur therein, in the grand scheme of things. It imbues the present surroundings with a vespertine (one of my favourite new words, btw) air of nostalgia. As fleeting creatures ourselves, I feel it's instinctive to venerate and aestheticize the procession of time (just as the nice folks at Ball's Falls have with their plaque in front of the old cotton mill).

I imagine pretty soon now I'll be moving on from this place.


  1. Oh but what a setting for a gothic mystery!

  2. I'm not sure I believe you Jim :) Where's the photographic evidence of the suggested sinking? Last time I was in Jordan all seemed very well in place.

  3. Jim, I hadn't thought about it that way before, but I see what you mean about aestheticizing the procession of time. Interesting!

  4. "Mt memory is muddy, what's this river that I'm in?
    Jordan, she is sinkin' man, and I don't wanna swim".

  5. Although I feel obligated to believe you, I agree with Natalie's comment and would be very interested to see some photographic evidence.

    On a happier note, if a move is in your near future it is probably a good time to try out that urban existence.

  6. Interesting post. Your writing has an air of tranquility to it that is difficult to come by. Reading your blog posts always reminds me of drinking a nice scotch while swirling the glass ever so slightly in small, therapeutic circles. Your word choice is the clinking of ice in the glass. Cheers.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Brad. I'm often drinking the brown stuff (if and when I can afford it) when I write.

  7. Interesting post Jim, never really thought of Jordan in that way.