Recently someone drew to my attention the difference between place and location. Somewhere can become something more than just a location when we ascribe meaning to it.

For me it’s the valley below my parents house.Valley
I am always filled with this feeling that i don’t know the word for, maybe it’s awe. It’s like arrrrg it looks so inviting! I feel that i want to become part of the landscape.

Another place is the ocean. Physically the closest i can get to this desire to become, is swimming in the ocean. Being lost in something so huge.


It also brought a song to mind…prepare yourself for my abysmal guitar playing.

What about fictional places that are important to you?
For me it’s Hell from john Marsdens Tomorrow when the war began series. Growing up in a semi rural area i like the sound of this hidden wild place they discover. Some interesting reflections from Ellie about place and labels:

“‘Why did people call it Hell?’ I wondered. All those cliffs and rocks, and that vegetation, it did look wild. But wild wasn’t Hell. Wild was fascinating, difficult, wonderful. No place was Hell, no place could be Hell. It’s the people calling it Hell, that’s the only thing that made it so. People just sticking names on places, so that no one could see those places properly any more…No, Hell wasn’t anything to do with places, Hell was all to do with people. Maybe Hell was people.”
“People, shadows, good, bad, Heaven, Hell: all of these were names, labels, that was all. Humans had created these opposites: Nature recognised no opposites. Even life and death weren’t opposites in Nature: one was merely an extension of the other.


About cornstalk
Corn. Singer. Nurse. Lover of music. Pursuing God (trying...). Secluded. Pianist. Wannabe gypsy. Silly.

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