February 7, 2009

Page 339

The brown leaves had been raked into a pile ready to burn, and she longed to lie down on top of them for just a minute, flat on her back in the rustling leaves, staring upward.  She let herself fall backward, her arms straight out, trustingly, and at once the complications of branches, fences, sheds and houses, so dense and tangled together, burst with a cartoon pop into the spare singularity of sky, the primary abruptness of blue.  That's all there was.  Herself suspended in a glass sphere.  You could go back and back to that true and steadfast picture, hold it in your head for the rest of your life.

The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields

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