Chatter Creek Cottage: Shadows

IMG_20160829_144707261_HDRThere are so many shadows in my life, empty spaces like whispers you don’t quite understand. Shadows are like puzzles we mean to solve. That shadow is the limb of that tree and that shadow is the leg of the table but that shadow knows no form other than its own. Could it be the shadow of an absence? How about the shadow of a lost conversation? I knew a ghost once that had no shadow at all but it did have form. The form was an absent presence with a voice that didn’t speak. But I heard it and when I turned to answer it, it had transformed into what we call ‘nothing.’

What is nothing exactly? Empty pockets? Maybe it’s the lack of something? Does time ever give us what it takes away? Does time have a point, a place to get to? Will time leave its shadow when it’s gone?

Once I traveled to the Pyrenees region of France and the earth sent me messages of great despair. I later learned there was a concentration camp in the Pyrenees Mountains and the Jews were transported in trains to be held prisoner, to be murdered, to be tortured. I saw the shadows of their life and I heard the insanity that the Earth has never let go of.

Some may call me a sensitive, some may call me absurd, certainly a bit touched but that is why I can write books like Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem. My lovely Annabel Horton believes that all time is now. If that is the case then the shadow I cast is long and the cries of the dead are endless.

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Vera Jane Cook is an award winning author and has eight published novels. Her most recent ebook, The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, has gone to print and will be featured through Bublish at the Southern Independent Bookstore Association Conference in Savannah on September 18th -19th. The book will also be featured in the October issue of Southern Distinction Magazine. To learn more about her visit: www.verajanecook.com

Chatter Creek Cottage: Loss

IMG_20160815_101055498It was a beautiful birch tree, smooth, tall white limbs. I loved how it bent over us curved and swaying like a vulnerable musical note, a long sinewy stroke on a violin. She’s gone now, lying in the creek on her side waiting to become firewood or the legs of a table. I don’t deal well with loss or change but time heals. The space she left behind is a backdrop now for eagles and hawks that fly above indifferently painting the sky with their long wings, showing off their flight like showgirls show their legs.

No, I don’t do well with loss, friends I can no longer see, parents that morphed into memories too deep to speak of, pets whose fur I can still feel and whose funny wobbling walk I can still see. No, I don’t do well with loss, the haunting shadows of it, the youth I had, the once shiny new corvette, the saddle shoes, the college lectures on the history of art, the words I spoke as Joan of Arc and Blanche Debois. The praise, the fear, the once sought after dream. No, I don’t do well with loss. It nips at my heels, it pulls at my heartstrings, and it saddens my days. But it makes me strong and wise and deep. It makes me live to the farthest point, laugh to the loudest degree and love the tic toc clock of life with all my heart.

Vera Jane Cook is an award winning author and has eight published novels. Her most recent ebook, The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, has gone to print and will be featured through Bublish at the Southern Independent Bookstore Association Conference in Savannah on September 18th -19th. To learn more about her visit: www.verajanecook.com

Chatter Creek Cottage: Hibisus

IMG_20160806_114957772Surrounded by colors of lavender and yellow eating fried chicken and coleslaw from the Fosterdale Café and drinking white wine from New Zealand. It’s moments after a heavy rain and the air smells like licorice candy. My chihuahua is snoring in my lap and the butterflies flirt with me as they flutter and land on my hibiscus. The smoky clouds slowly make their way off stage and leave a powder blue sky behind. I am nostalgic for nothing on this day because the moment is so full. I’ve been stroked by the hand of nature and kissed by a gleeful God who whispers his secrets to the wind.

Someday I will fly away and land on the sound of a running stream and gently step between the petals of a summer flower.

 

Vera Jane Cook is an award winning author and has eight published novels. Her most recent ebook, The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, has gone to print and will be featured through Bublish at the Southern Independent Bookstore Association Conference in Savannah on September 18th -19th. To learn more about her visit: www.verajanecook.com