Definition #98 Hard Work

"Writing is a combination of intangible creative fantasy and appallingly hard work" Anthony Powell

“Writing is a combination of intangible creative fantasy and appallingly hard work” Anthony Powell

In the long July evenings,
the French woman who
came to stay every summer
for two weeks at my aunt’s inn
would row my brother and me
out to the middle of the mile-wide lake
so that the three of us
would be surrounded by the wild
extravagance of reds that had transformed
both lake and sky into fire.
It was the summer after our mother died.
I remember the dipping sound of the oars
and the sweet music of our voices as she led us
in the songs she had taught us to love.
“Blue Moon.” “Deep Purple.”
We sang as she rowed, not ever wondering
where she came from or why she was alone,
happy that she was willing to row us
out into all that beauty.

“The Guest” by Patricia Fargnoli, from Winter

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lily Lau
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 17:11:22

    This was wonderful, Jeanne! Thank you for sharing it with us, I just wish that mother hadn’t died…

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