a shiver and a tear
all so clear
Jill Fitz 2014
This piece is somewhat based on an old archetypical story of a fisherman who while out at sea quite accidently snags the “Skeleton Woman” and brings her up. Banished below the surface for so long she has become nothing but bones, is twisted and frightening. The fisherman runs from her but she is caught in his net and dragged along behind. Overtime the fisherman begins to untangle the bones of the woman, his fear of her is replaced with love and a single tear of understanding is shed. This act of compassion from the heart of another allows the woman to return to her true form….the flesh comes back to the bones.
(Full version of the Skeleton Woman is found in the chapter "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" from the book, “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkcola Estes)