Lemurian City of Ladies

A Lemurian City Built in Memory of Christine de Pizan

It began with three . . .

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girl and tree

It began with three and ended with three – the old woman who lived by her shoes, the young girl with the tattoos and the middle aged mystery lady who sat by the side of the beach always drawing in her notebook.

The young girl took pride in her tattoos as the emblem of leaving girlhood to enter woman hood. She was so still when the tattoo artist went to work it had scared those watching who were used to at least a slight tensing of nearly every girl that underwent the ritual.

The old woman who had witnessed many girls undergo the ritual had been waiting for this one. She stood in the background and no one really noticed her but it was to her the young girl would turn when she understood her own significance.

The mystery lady simply drew the tattoo and around it other pictures conjured up by the power of the word drew themselves out of her pencil. She could not draw the smell but she wrote in “singed frangipani” to remind her of the day.

Now the young girl made her way to the temple. The ritual was not over but now required supplication, prayer and a period of fasting.

The old woman nodded as the young girls figure grew smaller and smaller.  She was the one, definitely the one. She raised her hands in thankfulness, turned away and began her journey to prepare the way.

(c) image and words June Perkins

Written by June

July 19, 2008 at 8:43 am

Posted in Walking Tour

12 Responses

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  1. I am drawn in – awaiting more.

    Jill

    July 19, 2008 at 9:40 am

  2. Oh great picture too!

    Jill

    July 19, 2008 at 9:41 am

  3. Amazing image! Lovely writing.

    Lori

    July 19, 2008 at 12:56 pm

  4. More, please. I love the image. The monochromatic effect works so well in this instance.

    Vi

    woodnymph

    July 19, 2008 at 2:08 pm

  5. and we raise our hands in thankfulness

    Heather Blakey

    July 19, 2008 at 2:11 pm

  6. great photo and a great start to your story

    Traveller

    July 19, 2008 at 8:59 pm

  7. Lovely image.

    imogen88

    July 21, 2008 at 10:18 am

  8. The image is lovely, and the ideas here are very intriguing!

    shewolfy728

    July 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm

  9. (: Thanks for the encouragement I will be working on this one privately for a while, but will let you know when I am ready to take the rest of this sags public (: I am glad you want to read more. It’s the start of some passages for a novel- i really do appreciate all the encouraging words here.

    pearlz

    July 23, 2008 at 2:41 am

  10. Sorry meant to write SAGA not sags there!

    pearlz

    July 23, 2008 at 2:41 am

  11. I am quite intrigued and want to read MORE!

    kvwordsmith

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm

  12. Beginnings can be tricky–you can start too early in the story and ruin the whole thing. “It began with three . . . . ” seems to me the perfect beginning. Good luck with this piece it is very compelling.

    Barbara

    July 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm


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