Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Vain Girl with a Jar

"I must have that light" the young girl cried, "I must have it now!" So, she captured the light of the Moon that dances on the edge of the waves and put it into a glass jar. She held it up high to let the beams guide her home. On a shelf it sat, illuminating her small boring dwelling place and it would not let her sleep, in her little hard bed, because it sang the whole night long,
"Peace is a sea...whose waves....will carry us far." So, she shoved another pillow over her head to shut out the voice. It did not work and the young girl was awake the whole night through, listening to Moon Lights song of Peace. Daytime came and the shimmer faded, all the voices were silenced except for the one inside the little girls head, scolding her for taking something that did not belong to her. That night, the higher the Moon rose, the brighter the jar became and the young girl was awe struck with it's beauty.
"Make me like you" said the girl, "I will have your beauty" she demanded.
"You must bring me back" said the light "and I will grant whatever you seek." So, excitedly she carried the jar right up to the oceans edge and poured out the shimmering light, anticipating the magic of the sea. She stood very still waiting for her beautiful transformation. Closing her eyes, she held out her hands to accept the gift. After awhile, she opened one eye...then two eyes and her dress had turned to gold and her hair was soft as golden spun silk.
"I'm beautiful, beautiful, no one is more beautiful than I."
Then the melodic voice began to sing,
"Peace is a sea...whose waves....will carry us far"
"Peace!" the young girl screamed, "Nothing is greater than Beauty!" she yelled back.
Tired, the girl spun to leave, kicking the sand all the way back to the road that led to her house. She flopped down on her bed and lay her weary golden head upon her pillow and she smiled, as the distant sound of exploding bombs lulled her to sleep.

The song sung by the waves is a poem written by Barbara Goldberg, "Peace"


Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

Ocean is on our minds Darlene! Do you live near the ocean?!! Wish I did! Ocean City and Virginia Beach is the nearest Ocean to me and that's at least 6-7 hours away! We used to go every summer, mostly to Nags Head!N.C. My near drowning happened in Myrtle Beach,SC. I haven't been back since!Phew!

11:42 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

i enjoyed reading this. did you capture some moonlight in your jar?

the moon on the ocean is magical. lovely how you captured that essence here.

love u sis.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Shaz said...

That was beautiful Dar,its so funny because we have a full moon tonight im 20 mins from the beach and I feel like taking my babies down just to enjoy.I think I might!
Hope ur feeling better honey still big Praters for you.

2:02 AM  
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Blogger liz elayne said...

this is beautiful. thank you for sharing these words.

5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful Dar.
Thanks for sharing that... really lovely.
I think I have had one of those kind of experiences lately. Spending time on the coast.
Reading "Bono on Bono" with my mind full of all those in Africa dying daily.
I wish for PEACE.
I find a great deal of peace beside the ocean.
Now I am home, some 2 hours from the nearest beach.
Nice to be in my own bed.
Hey... do you want to come work in Africa with me one day *grin*.
Love you angel.
And I missed you MUCHLY!

6:09 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

I love how seamlessly you wove the poem into your words...perfectly complimenting one another. I have been both the girl and the moonlight...

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this was really a treasure, d. beautifully shared!

8:21 AM  
Blogger red sun said...

what a joy to read... thank you for sharing this!

10:07 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

this is truly one of the most beautiful stories i have ever read...ever... i understood her...and in the end i cried for her and me and all the other hers out there...

...know that today i am touched by your beautiful words and beautiful spirit...

11:20 AM  
Blogger Georgia said...

Beautifully written:)


12:27 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Beautiful Dar! I was totally entranced with these words. It is almost reminiscent of an old Native American tale.

Hope you are feeling good! Hey what happened to the tummy pic? I tried to comment on it, but it wasn't working. I was going to say...if I had a tummy that looked like yours I would show it off everywhere! Beautiful.

Love ya!

1:07 PM  
Blogger bb said...

are you saying stuff peace i want beauty?
powerful writing darlene.
(where did my comment disappear to? sometimes i'm really down on blogger :-( )

7:43 AM  

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