The Place Behind the Orchard
Inspired by Mourning Picture, a painting by Edwin Romanzo Elmer (USA) 1870.
On an afternoon of clean cashmere clouds and heavy with apples, a girl with a lamb came in from the orchards and plunked herself beside me. She was spilling with stories about meadows and rivers and a clapboard house. She had a doll named Agatha, in a red and yellow buggy, and a pet chicken, but she’d lost them along the way.
Along the way where? I asked her.
To here, she said.