Will McGrath

Everything Lost Is Found Again

    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    But that lavish sunset is lighting the world on fire, so we scramble on undaunted, hoping to leave our incomprehensible tracks for whatever beasts come after. We’ll leave them hypothesizing about our glorious unimaginable plumage, guessing all our colors wrong.
    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    I ask him, thinking about ‘M’e Khauhelo and her willow switch—prized for its thin, elegant form, its superior firmness, its tightness of recoil—which she slices down across the open palms of small girls who have violated the dress code
    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    A darkness crept over the surface of the mountain, engulfing shrub and gulley, plunging shepherd and flock into gloom and swallowing our hut. Deliberate and sentient and enormous.
    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    Across the gorge, we can see dark torrents of rain moving inexorably toward us. The setting sun lights up the storm clouds with gaudy, spectacular color. Rainbows span the entire breadth of town, and up ahead that familiar sign: Kena ka khotso.
    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    I stare dumbly, then walk home with my ice cream melting in the sun.
    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    Soon Limpho is not gaunt but wasted, her health bending exponentially in the wrong direction
    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    When I come in the following week, she can barely walk across the room, her face drawn, her eyes absent their color.
    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    But tonight we are walking out along the gorge, watching the sunset soften the jagged clefts of the earth, the falling light now charging the landscape with strange cryptozoological power. Across the river, the hills have taken on the appearance of massive beasts slumped against the land, dozing in Mesozoic slumber—fantastical creatures with thick furred hides, no known kingdom or phylum.
    Мария Голубеваhas quoted14 days ago
    After living in the mountains long enough, a question will wriggle to the surface of your mind
    Sarathhas quotedlast year
    The earth accepts all things, eventually.
    Sarathhas quotedlast year
    towering span of the mountains, the infinite spread of the sky, the land outsized in every way, yet somehow so small—a country that is a village, a nation that is a neighborhood, a place where all paths must cross and re-cross.
    Sarathhas quotedlast year
    Maseru, in the capital city,
    Sarathhas quotedlast year
    Sesotho, the native language,
    Sarathhas quotedlast year
    It became clear that the only things we had managed to import from the African continent were clichés.
    Sarathhas quotedlast year
    with peace. If you want to know about this place, then come peacefully and with eyes open. That is all you need here.
    Kristina Malinovskayahas quotedlast year
    The right map would have left us with business unfinished. The map leading us nowhere was, in the end, the only proper solution.
    Haura Emiliahas quoted2 years ago
    course leads directly to the word animal
    Haura Emiliahas quoted2 years ago
    the word pneuma also means “soul.” And with a further nerdish trill, I remember that the word for “soul” in Latin is anima, which of
    Haura Emiliahas quoted2 years ago
    We tell ourselves not to mourn the death, but celebrate the life. We exhort ourselves to bask in those memories accrued over decades, to reflect on the joy that increased over a lifetime.
    But what joy has accrued over those forty-one months? What is to be celebrated here—besides the fleeting and guilty acknowledgement that Thato’s life of continual suffering has come to an end?
    Haura Emiliahas quoted2 years ago
    Sesotho name Lerato—which means Love
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