Daily Prompt: The Raft (RoyG.Biv)

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

©irene waters 2014

©irene waters 2014 The flash destroyed the picture but without the flash (as above) it is impossible to see the wonderful colours of the black.

Stunned by the events they had seen, the seven survivors, one old man, a youth, four nubile women and one child  clung to the strong back bone on which they were now hurtling through the dark void  towards the bright light.

Stuck in the past two of the women look backwards to what had been earth before the huge explosion had obliterated it and all its inhabitants; other than them.

One, the dying old man lies at the back of the raft, stuck in a twilight world and would soon join those other souls that had perished. The young man standing near him stares at the bright light at the end of the tunnel. His mother had always told him to stay away from the light. Nervously he worries that his time may also be near a conclusion.

Two women look out into the space through which they are travelling. They’re not frightened but overcome with the beauty of what had, when they had been on earth, appeared a black space but now close up they could see it contained all the colours of the rainbow. The red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet fill their hearts with joy, the beauty of it overwhelms them. Something this lovely was surely not something to be frightened of.

The child remains inquisitive, crawling as close to the end of the spine as possible to give her a better view. She didn’t have the young man’s knowledge of death. The explosion had happened so quickly she was unaware that the inhabitants of earth had actually died. Her journey had started simultaneously and her only emotion was curiosity.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel or should one stay away from the light?

This painting by an Australian artist Shannus O’Sullivan who studied at the Julian Ashton school of Art in Sydney in the 1950s and early 1960’s with the late Brett Whitely. He specialises in glaze painting.

This painting has given us many dinner party conversations and the above is my version of what the story of “the raft” is. You probably will have your own.

If any photographers have hints on how I could best take a photo to get the colours without the flash light I’d love to know.


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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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  3. librarylady says:

    This was a n interesting take on the Daily Prompt. I’d never seen this painting before, and am glad you shared it.


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  5. Sherri says:

    Wow, so interesting this Irene, incredible painting and I actually really like how your photo came out!


  6. Glynis Jolly says:

    It is dynamic, that’s for sure. And your story fits perfectly.


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