Picnic in paradise

“It was the Unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling… ‘I have come home at last! … The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that is sometimes looked a little like this. … Come further up, come further in!’” C. S. Lewis’s depiction of the afterlife in The Last Battle, Chronicles of Narnia.

Where is Abuelita to be found? There
on a blue mountain peak overlooking a valley,
with her long chestnut braid,
sitting bolt upright on a plaid blanket, her Carlitos
with his head on her lap, or playing catch
with the older cousin he never knew,
Abuelo reciting poetry as Humberto
lights the grill for a heavenly barbecue.
Carlos Giraldo never tires as he follows the colt
to greener pastures beside still waters.
Nearby, Ann joins Dennis at the spring,
John and Georgia stroll hand-in-hand,
Susan and Michael play croquet.
Barbara’s feeling peachy; Robert and
Dad and Grandma and Grandpa
fish for rainbows, Flo sunbathes with Uncle Ken.
A perfect picnic; no rattlesnakes and no ants.

Inspired by a #PaintChip prompt

Photo by Mary Ann Wells


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