Once there was a small smooth stone that wished to know the wind. The small stone only knew how to sit still. It patiently waited for many years, till finally, one day in Autumn, a young boy came passing by. He bent down, picked up the stone and put it in his pocket. He kept the stone with him till the next summer.
There came a day, when the Summer was turning its head towards harvest skies; on that day, the boy, having told the stone his dreams, hopes and fears, flung the small stone high into the air above the laughter of the tree tops and the leaves singing with the breeze. The stone rolled and bounced among wisps of clouds and skipped by the rain drops that were waiting to be born. All around him was the wind.
The small round stone rose so high that he heard the stars polishing the evening sky with glitter and tear drops. Then he turned over in a mist of unborn memories, touched the seams of the horizon one last time, and then fell back down to earth.
Upon the ground he came to rest. He told other stones of his journey. A few had made similar trips, but not as far. Many called him a liar or mad, as there is only the ground. Some sat still and hoped to find their own way to the wind. Some misunderstood and ended up thrown in anger at windows or those who walked a different path. As for the small smooth stone, it sat patiently till there came a time when a feather fell down to join him on the ground.
Notes on Process: You remember the story, but do you ? Between the lines of the story, how it is told, how it is remembered and retold is found inimplied space. Using the works of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PHD. as inspiration, I started to build images. Choosing and organizing the visual compositions, I then created a structural pathway for the stanzas. The narrative voices took on a power of their own. I initially thought it would all be contained in one post. The final segment will require its own post. The “wolf spirit” composition was originally used in a post on my main blog, Dark Pines Photo. Click the image to see the original post.