The Sony Center canopy at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin
Lyn went to sleep with Helmut Jahn upon her lips. She had gotten into bed and lain there in the quieting moments before drifting, falling. And out of the moonlit darkness she opened her eyes and spoke his name aloud.
Whether it was a brief illumination that caused the speaking of his name or vice versa, is unknown, may never be known. Its light was snuffed by the blackness of nothingness, of sleep, and all that was left in the physical world was a pinpoint of saliva glistening in the corner of her peaceful mouth.
She awoke six hours later to a sweet taste and a light fog of confusion. She waited for the slow-rising light of clarity to come, watched familiar wisps of information float and begin to organize themselves into puffs. Puffs formed clouds of recollections, and out of them came the remembrance of speaking his name.
Lyn said it aloud again. Helmut Jahn. A name from years ago. A name in the importance of large print on the cover of a Vis à Vis magazine. A name that went with her major back then, that went with his picture back then, that was hard to forget.
His fedora was tipped and his wild eyes were piercing from underneath it, firing out vigor and knowing. His body was caught, photographed in the position of determination, of certainty of calling and self. His dashing wildness beckoned and his fierce confidence enticed.
Why she spoke his name out of a still night years later, was still unapparent. She liked imagining that assimilating the effect of him back then was like assimilating the essence of him, and that it was doing its work to this day, building something of her life as magnificent as his buildings.
But Lyn was one to be patient in these matters of life’s puzzle pieces being slowly slipped into place, and she would be watching to see what place Helmut Jahn upon her lips slipped into.
The Sony Center Berlin photo was snagged from http://www.bradley.edu/academics/las/his/Berlin/images/clip_image006.jpg
Helmut Jahn back then is from http://www.bradley.edu/academics/las/his/Berlin/images/clip_image006.jpg