I’m guessing the dead are looking over us all over the place, we just need to open our hearts and imaginations to see them.
Last weekend I saw John Lennon watching me rake leaves over at the LAFD’s Extreme Makeover of the World Trade Center Memorial in Los Angeles.
The image was revealed when a tree on the site was removed in the landscape renovations. You can see the original, unretouched image here (I cropped it and compressed it for easier download, but it’s otherwise unchanged).
Do I really believe any of this? No, not really. I was putting this together as a lark, but when I was looking for the photo that I knew existed of John Lennon in the dark, round sunglasses and the long hair, I didn’t even realize that he was wearing the New York City tee.
What would the man who just wanted us to give peace a chance think of 9/11?
And now this quasi-imagined image is staring out from those dark sunglasses at one of the small fragments of the WTC that survived from that city that was his adopted home.