Saturday, April 28, 2007

Recitation


Personal photograph.
From the Minor Annals - IV

That year they conducted the Sorting.

Of the twelve who stood before the Outlanders, I was one of two chosen, and the youngest.

Her way was with the healers.

So that year I ventured alone over the hills and crossed the bridge of the three arches that severed me forever from the Kin.

I know they grieved my leaving, but I was marked, you see.

I lived among the gray cobbled streets and the gray towers above a gray slow-moving river that did not sing.

That year in my cell I ached often for the wind in the green groves, for the small beasts, and for the fish flashing in summer shadows far away.

It was a year of stone steps and stone benches and stone paths and granite faces.

It was hard that year, though I was there by right and by blood.

A year of stone and flame. Of fierce joy when I began to learn the secret words and names and shape them to my will.

But I was very lonely.

That year.

23 comments:

Erik Ivan James said...

What a pleasure they always are. Bernita's Minor Annals.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Erik!

Rick said...

Dammit, I want the Major Annals now - complete!

writtenwyrdd said...

Such lovely use of language. Loved the alliteration, the pacing, and the use of repetition.

writtenwyrdd said...

Heee! I just noticed you posted on teh weekend! Glad you could spare us a few moments this weekend.

Bernita said...

Aw, Rick...sweet of you to say...but there are no "Major" Annals.

Thank you, Written, very much.
Have been putting up repeats of the Annals each Saturday.

raine said...

That year in my cell I ached often for the wind in the green groves, for the small beasts, and for the fish flashing in summer shadows far away.

...Sigh...damn good.

Rick said...

Add up the Minor Annals, and there's a major annal there, just glimpsed through the mist.

Bernita said...

Raine, thank you.

So far, Rick, that mist is very thick.

wyrddsmith said...

There is a story you hint at throughout these Minor Annals. I think if you tied them all together, it would be the start of an interesting story.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Wyrddsmith.
Perhaps their charm is in their brevity and variety.
I am nor sure they could sustain a longer narrative, without accessing one of the standard cliche connections.
There may be a viable arc - I am just not yet aware of it.

Rick said...

I kinda sorta know, or guess with the mundane part of my mind, that there isn't anything in the mist - that the Minor Annals are simply unto themselves, writing exercises perhaps. (If you ever gave a general explanation, I was distracted elsewhere and missed it.)

Still I feel the strong sense of a world glimpsed through the mist, and am not quite convinced that every shifting shadow is only the mist itself ...

Bernita said...

Let's say, Rick, they are glimpses.

LadyBronco said...

Very spooky.

Very interesting.

Thamok said...

I have a lot to catch up on....
sleep when you are dead, is appropriate ...

Reading this post, from an outsiders perspective, drives me to read those posts before and after it.

It's far to long since I sat down and read anything that wasn't a 'financial' report, 'sales' forecast or other 'report' of various reports.

I'm glad I took the time, and am sure I will again.

Anyone know how to stretch 24 hours to 28 hours or... close to...?

Sam said...

There are years like that.
*sigh*

Lovely bit of writing!!!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Lady B, Thamonk, and Sam.
Glad you enjoyed it.

Steve G said...

Well worth stopping by and reading.

Bernita said...

Kind of you to say so, Steve.

briliantdonkey said...

Bernita,

I just found my way here via Jason's place over at The clarity of night. Wow, that was quite impressive and beautifully written. As someone else said, it makes me want to go back and read more that came before it which is what I am going to do now. Thanks for sharing.

BD

ORION said...

Just like your other pieces Bernita I am desiring more. I want to know the rest of the story.
I truly think first person POV is your forte!
BTW
someone is selling an ARC of LOTTERY on ebay...
I am ROTFL!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Brilliant.
I rather think it's the weakest of the lot, but I am glad you liked it.

On eBay? Inevitable I suppose.Some people...
Thank you, Pat.
My husband is about a quarter of the way through Lottery and likes it very much. Loves Gram - just as I do - and highly approves of your use of first.

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