Six Sentence Sunday, 2 October 2011 (The Lost Pissarro)

The hall was high and cool and dim, the lights set carefully to age the paintings as little as possible. Between the stone walls, the air filled up with centuries. She thought sometimes of an Egyptian tomb, and not only when she stood in the hall of the scribes. A sort of time-capsule or reliquary in which they’d shut up all of the precious things for their voyage to the next life. A stone ship sailed the waters of the afterlife and she and Florence rode deep in its hold, looking up at the circuit diagrams of the procession to judgment and thence to the land of the dead.

The dead, whose works pressed on her from within, behind the eyes and in the chest, but most importantly in the hands.

L. A. (Angie) Stavros and her mentor Florence, in the Metropolitan Museum.

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16 Responses to Six Sentence Sunday, 2 October 2011 (The Lost Pissarro)

  1. Vivien Dean says:

    Ooo, I love the haunting lyricism of your description here. Great six!

  2. Gemma Parkes says:

    Beautiful writing, great description!

  3. Eleri Stone says:

    Beautifully written. Love this: “Between the stone walls, the air filled up with centuries.”

  4. A great snippet. thanks for sharing.

  5. Nina Pierce says:

    Wonderful writing. Such a richly descriptive piece.

  6. Cate Masters says:

    Love this – such lyrical description. Wonderful setting and atmosphere.

  7. Cherie Marks says:

    Deep and thoughtful. I like her pensiveness. Great six!

  8. sassyspeaks says:

    the air filled up with centuries. – one of the wonderful lines – though the snippet taken in its entirety is poetry

  9. Wonderful phrases here. Great writing. Love the air filling up with centuries, riding in the hold of the stone ship to the afterlife. Well done.

  10. Monica Enderle Pierce says:

    Love ‘the air filled up with centuries.’ That holds so much depth and carries the reader from past to present to future. Beautiful.

  11. Randi Alexander says:

    I loved the prose, E.P. Great six!

  12. J.A. Beard says:

    Great description.

  13. Beautiful. Simply amazing description.

  14. Ana Hart says:

    Lovely description and a beautiful voice!

  15. Very cryptic! Loved the imagery here!

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