Ladder in the Forest - Framed Ceramic by June Kingsbury
An abstract ceramic of a ladder in a forest by June Kingsbury.
The framed piece measures 20cm square and 3.2cm deep
I am nearly three years old. My father is carrying me on his shoulders down to the river to feed the swans. I walk part of the way and fill my pockets with banded snails, Cepaea Hortensis. Feathers. Small treasures.
My father was for a time a shepherd. We learn the names of the trees, of the flowers and birds. My mother collected the broken glass from church windows, my grandfather a glassblower in the Netherlands.
I am half Dutch. Stories of war and of loss. I am half English, trout swimming, birds singing, summer green and endless, leaves falling in autumn.
Already I am 63 and walking through the woods. In my pocket, the brilliant iridescent blue banded feather of a jay - in my hand – eggshell - speckled blue of the sky and the song of the thrush.