In Afrikaans, the word ‘vertrek’ means both room and departure.
To tell intimate stories is to whisper in the ear, to reach for the hand, to enter the palace of memory and with wonder and longing recall feelings placed in its halls. To tell intimate stories is to wander spaced-out and at-home through the intricate architecture of the heart, made of walls and openings just as a house is. To tell intimate stories is to sink deeply into other lives and times, and to be unforgettably present.
(from ‘Other Lives and Times’ ~ an immersive performance work in progress, by Deidre Matthee & Ines de Carvalho)
Today it is nine years since I moved from South Africa to Portugal.
9 ~ an imperfect circle, unspooling.
The closest way home is remembering what it smells like.
To be homeless is more than just being without shelter. It is to be without a crucial point of reference from which oneself and the world is comprehended. ~ Tony Fry