Last Look Back
Painting - Painting On Canvas
Last Look Back (All Things Lost) is a Soul of Place painting by Dawn Richerson of Peyrepreteuse in the South of France. It is also from the Magda Collection (Across the Seas of Time series). It was many years before she looked again upon the mountain where she had met the one who had by now all but erased her from the story he so passionately shared. Through the archway of another mountaintop ruin she looked out upon the sweeping scene and thought of what had been lost so long ago—her innocence, the child, for a time her ability to make sense of anything at all. The soldier who had walked down the mountain with her had stayed close. His kindnesses and the angels who sang her to sleep each night and the birds in their forest had rekindled her hope in a new day.
She saw so many stories alive on the mountain—the boy, the deer, the Teacher, the lion that was to her both farther and son. She saw the Mothers here, too, and herself, studying the scripture, walking in the Way, dancing to the tambourine. The trapper, the boy, the angel, the turtle, herself in the room high on the mountain before he, the friend and lover who, before he turned his back and turned her over to the soldiers, had been only spring to her and the one with whom she was meant to share and teach. She did not know anymore how to feel. The last look back was a long letting go that would follow her through the ages. She gave thanks for it all, remembering how the spiral of time would lift it from her and set her right again in time.
January 19th, 2020
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