Illustration Friday: mail
December 22, 2010 § 5 Comments
This week’s topic is ‘mail’. For me, the sending and recieving of post is inextricably tangled up with the idea of distance/absence, and the strange imaginary place you enter when you try to talk to someone who is Somewhere Else. Because she expresses it in all its odd unwholesome loveliness far better than I can, my picture goes alongside Carol Ann Duffy’s beautiful poem Words, Wide Night.
Here’s the image…
…and here are the words that inspired it:-
Words, Wide Night
Somewhere on the other side of this wide night
and the distance between us, I am thinking of you.
The room is turning slowly away from the moon.
This is pleasurable. Or shall I cross that out and say
it is sad? In one of the tenses I singing
an impossible song of desire that you cannot hear.
La lala la. See? I close my eyes and imagine
the dark hills I would have to cross
to reach you. For I am in love with you and this
is what it is like, or what it is like in words.
– Carol Ann Duffy