While the month of January has passed (and with it the organized writing of small stones over at Writing Our Way Home, a blog site hosted by Red Room's Fiona Robyn and her husband Kaspalita Thompson), I still have a few that I wrote while on our trip to Kenya. Some were noted on the flight over; others occurred to me while in the country.
From the flight over (and actually while waiting in one of the airports) came this one:
watching the jet climb angle straight upwards from the tarmac while across the way, a bird was winging freely, unencumbered by technology's realities. I recalled the remarks of Mr. Weasley (of Harry Potter fame) who wondered how Muggles could get airplanes in the air. 1/12/12
From our travels within Kenya, other small stones were found:
thin tall stalks upon which an explosive star-burst sits, the plants reminiscent of those seen in a book by Dr. Suess (papyrus) 1/22/12
the star-burst radiates outward against an azure sky (again the papyrus plant) 1/22/12
waking to the sounds of birds chittering, chattering, chirping, and in the background the warbling coo-coo-coo of the doves 1/23/12
white netting on the platform swinging above, covering the bed entirely, nightly protection against malaria--not the canopy bed I dreamed of as a young girl 1/20/12
fences of spikes, fences of found sticks woven within barbed wire, fences of broken glass rimming cement block wall...fences everywhere; Kenyan pragmatists wall out violence 1/26/12
roads are rutted, deeply...cars tip precariously as drivers negotiate the safest path through the lack of infrastructure, the corruption of those few in power 1/27/12
crossing the imaginary line of the equator, the driver stops and shows us that a few feet north of it, water swirls clockwise; a few feet south, water swirls counter-clockwise...and at the line itself, no movement of the water at all 1/25/12
These small stones are still very much subject to revision, that is shaping and polishing.
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