"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

An Awareness Of Absence



 Picture taken in Chellanam, Kerala.

4 responses

  1. Such a strong pairing of image and title. Beautiful.

    January 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    • Thank you. It was a title that changed three times as I was writing the post!

      January 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      • The empty boat reminded me of the Native American practice of burying their dead in canoes in the Northwest. Not far from where I grew up there was an island named Mount Coffin where the canoes were mounted on posts.


        January 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        • I didn’t know of that Native American custom, Susan. It nicely resonates with the Ancient Greek myths of the River Styx, and also that of Aken, the Egyptian underworld god and ferryboat-keeper of the Underworld..

          The link you give is truly fascinating. Though I was saddened by what terrible sacrilege was visited on Mount Coffin by the Western world…

          January 29, 2012 at 6:28 am

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