With eyes open, transparent as windows, awareness becomes an atmosphere, a notional idea of rain apart from clouds, the clapping hands rhythm of water on stone. Silhouettes on the cave wall, the women fill them in with colors from the earth, ocher spit and fingers blackened by the wet ash of tapers gone cold. A young boy makes sounds to a young girl. She does not understand what he says. An old woman, maybe the oldest, takes the boy’s hand and leads him into the night where he will tend the fire, and keep the beasts at bay.
20 Sunday Oct 2013