The Prompter Room

For Tuesday, December 6, 2016:

 

When an animal, a rabbit, say, beds down in a protecting fencerow, the weight and warmth of his curled body leaves a mirroring mark upon the ground.  The grasses often appear to have been woven into a birdlike nest, and perhaps were indeed caught and pulled around by the delicate claws as he turned in a circle before subsiding into rest.  This soft bowl in the grasses, this body-formed evidence of hare, has a name, an obsolete but beautiful word: meuse.  Enticingly close to Muse, daughter of Memory and source of inspiration.)  Each of us leaves evidence on the earth that in various ways bears our form.

Sally Mann, HOLD STILL: A MEMOIR WITH PHOTOGRAPHS (via brainpickings.org)

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