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HELEN RICKERBY

Vana’s life, as directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and Ray Harryhausen

 

Between each step

is a space of one hundred years

or five seconds

 

I breathe in

in one millennium and exhale

in the next

 

I am walking backwards along the sand

of Island Bay

so I can trace my own footprints and

behind the island, I can see all the way back

across the wine-dark ocean

past the ships in full sail

carrying heroines, monsters

escaped husbands and adventuring wives

to the beginning of it all:

a small old woman

knitting the whole tale

on needles made of bone

 

 

 

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