In Her River
Painting - Acrylic On Paper
Years passed in the forest but slowly she regained her strength. She began to speak a little each evening. Around the fire, sometimes they would laugh together, neither one of them remembering why. But that no longer mattered.
Then, a trip. She trusted him to take her back to the place where long ago she had taken the little box with the teacher’s bones.
It was too dangerous for them to remain where they were, for now the church had dispatched its armies to eradicate all trace of truth. Not to mention her. Too many knew of the place, and she wanted to move them further to the interior, hidden in plain sight. So they traveled south along the coast and then made the turn north.
And there came a day on that journey, at Le Bousquet d’ Orb, in a river named for the world near the village she loved named for the moon, that the sun rose upon them both. And there, in her river, on a happier day in mid Spring, it was as if theirs had not been a life marred by such unspeakable tragedy, but rather a happy celebration. That day, they swam with turtles and laughed like children.
This painting was inspired by several visits to the Orb River in France in 2016, by all my soul remembers, and by all things that come to life. Connect to your essential story of life with “In Her River” from the Magdalen Series.
November 8th, 2019
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