Post #19.5, Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Historical setting: Inside a daub and wattle sepulcher — 584 C.E.          At this waking I hear the voice of the child.          “I see the wheel is over the opening again. But don’t worry, Teacher, I can roll it back easily. I always roll it off when I come here to practice my flute.”Continue reading “Post #19.5, Tuesday, April 13, 2021”

Post #19.4, Thursday, April 8, 2021

Historical setting: Inside a daub and wattle sepulcher — 584 C.E.          This is my son Ezra; now he is crouching in this small place next to me. I feel his spirit with me. Maybe he is lifting a candle. I feel the warmth of a pale light. He touches my hand with his ownContinue reading “Post #19.4, Thursday, April 8, 2021”

#19.3, Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Historical setting: Inside a daub and wattle sepulcher — 584 C.E.          “Anatase, Anatase, you naughty child! You know you are not to go near that place! We’ve been looking for you everywhere. You have to tell your teacher when you leave the house. She was so worried when you weren’t in your bed.”         Continue reading “#19.3, Wednesday, April 7, 2021”

Post #19.2, Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Historical setting: Inside a cell of wattle and daub. This earth has passed two decades since the crashing of the wheel.          At this waking — darkness. Dear God, are you near? I know nothing of the sun or the season or the year or the place or even what kind of burial this is.Continue reading “Post #19.2, Tuesday, April 6, 2021”

Post #19.1, Thursday, April 1, 2021

Historical setting: A Building site in Bordeaux — 564 C.E.          Now on this new morning August’s father and he are seated on the stone, and Shollo and Kairn are looking into the brightly risen sun to see what is on top of the wall. Maybe they pretend they have never seen a winch onContinue reading “Post #19.1, Thursday, April 1, 2021”

Post #18.14, Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Historical setting: Sixth Century Bordeaux          With sun high this site is finally ready for work.  In the middle of it all is the crane-master who is spewing orders and counting the ropes for the day’s work. He gladly hires me to walk the tread-wheel. But now August is at his heels barking instructions forContinue reading “Post #18.14, Wednesday, March 31, 2021”

Post #18.13, Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Historical setting: Sixth Century Bordeaux          The brothers were right. No one shows up at this worksite at first light except Shollo and Kairn and their father. Today, August is here too. I watch from this place at the crane as the brothers recognize August now in monk’s garb.           Shollo speaks first, “August, orContinue reading “Post #18.13, Tuesday, March 30, 2021”

Post #18.12, Thursday, March 25, 2021

Historical setting: Sixth Century Bordeaux                  It seems the wheel itself is the fine workmanship of a knowledgeable carpenter. Anyone can see that. August witnessed its construction as a child watching and learning amid the building project in the north where their family had been located. Their father and mother and the two younger sons,Continue reading “Post #18.12, Thursday, March 25, 2021”

Post #18.11, Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Historical setting: Sixth Century Bordeaux          I didn’t notice when August left his family’s house. When I return to the hearthside of the guesthouse he is already here crouching by the fireside, smothered in his wools, not speaking to anyone but perhaps to God.  At least I know he didn’t encounter his brothers. I dishContinue reading “Post #18.11, Wednesday, March 24, 2021”

Post #18.10, Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Historical setting: Sixth Century Bordeaux          It is one of the brothers who answers the door. I ask that they come out with me to the construction site. August slips by into the house unnoticed as we are leaving.          “We met earlier” I remind them, “I’m a fellow traveler of Nic who owns theContinue reading “Post #18.10, Tuesday, March 23, 2021”