“To give one’s heart is to give all.” ~Gandhi
As a child I loved books that began in this way. I was certain that I received the one and only special copy in the pile, or even more mysteriously, that a divine force, having seen this book was destined for me, inscribed it on route. Once the book was opened this salutation was read, I knew to settle in for a good story~
Long ago, in enchanted times and idyllic landscapes, lived the beautiful but much too chatty nymph, Echo. It was Echo’s destiny to come into opposition with the goddess Hera, who on that ill-fated day, was seeking her husband whom she feared, was delighting himself amongst the nymphs. Why, Dear Reader, did Echo detain Hera, in such foul disposition, with her endless blather? Now, doomed to repeat but never again speak her mind, the nymph wandered the dark woods in silence.
In another part of the forest the dazzling Narcissus trifled woodland nymphs with all the insouciance of one totally ignorant of karma. It was inevitable that he provoke an avenging goddess, and that he should suffer the consequence of loving without the return of affection. And all the while the Fates are busily spinning, and interweaving the threads~ Oh what, Dear Reader, shall be the end of it?
A moonlit pond, the boy is bound and crying at his reflection. And the nymph repeats and they pine away until nothing is left but an echo. And here, Dear Reader, our journey ends, but only temporarily. Woven into our lives are they that are meant to transform our hearts and souls forever.
The Last Echo, 20 x 25 oil painting by Melody Phaneuf~ Private collection, Florida
Melody Phaneuf is a Boston Artist, working at Fenway Studios. Phaneuf is well known for her evocative still life and landscape paintings and has achieved significant acclaim for portraiture. She has exhibited at Galerie Herouet in Paris, The National Arts Club in New York City, and with Art du Monde, a traveling exposition in Japan. Phaneuf’s paintings are regularly displayed at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.
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