Highland Tableau

Waves crash against a sheer rock face, which a few yards up turns into a steeply sloped ridge. A young woman follows a path just below the apex of the ridgeline, her white blouse and long black skirt rippling in waves of their own. Far from being frightened by the violence below her, she seems invigorated by its energy.

She pauses in her walk and turns to face the sea, closing her eyes and raising her chin slightly to allow the salt scent blowing inland to fill her nostrils. No thoughts intrude on this moment, only an abiding sense of deep harmony. She raises a hand and frees her dark brown hair to flow in the gusting wind.

The wind caresses her like a lover and she feels a kind of ecstasy as it flows over and around her, each gust a fresh embrace. Time becomes suspended in the moment, she knows not how long, until finally as the wind fades, time stutters forward and renews its flow. She gathers and re-fastens her hair, smooths her clothes, and continues along the path toward her destination; the afterglow of a smile lingering on her lips.

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This was inspired by “Widescreen” from the album “The Violin Player” by Vanessa Mae. It is available on YouTube, and runs about four minutes depending on the poster.

9 comments

  1. Hi Michael

    A truly beautiful “tableau” of a woman haunted by the seacoast and the effect it has on her. The details in this piece are vivid and well choreographed as we watch the interaction between woman and landscape. The reader can feel how she becomes part of the scene, enraptured by its rugged beauty and ferocity.

    “She pauses in her walk and turns to face the sea, closing her eyes and raising her chin slightly to allow the salt scent blowing inland to fill her nostrils. No thoughts intrude on this moment, only an abiding sense of deep harmony. She raises a hand and frees her dark brown hair to flow in the gusting wind.”

    A lovely narrative that haunts in its own way with compelling grace
    and intensity.

    Truly enjoyed this,
    Wendy

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    • Thank you Wendy. I hope you have taken the opportunity to look up and listen to “Widescreen”. It is a beautiful piece of music. I did not post a specific link, because most of them seem to be where other people used the music as a backdrop to their own videos.

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      • Hi Michhael,

        Just listened to “Wildescreen” and it is certainly, breathtaking! What a gorgeous piece of music, very inspirational. Thanks for sharing it.

        My Best
        Wendy

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