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Marta and the Moon | Part five

FOLKTALE WEEK 2021

PROMPT #6/7: RIVER & SKY

 

Marta, now with golden locks of hair and a beaming aura, hugged her grandfather. She knew what this transformation meant to her family, herself, and the people of the island. She knew that she must take her place as the Moon.

Courage rose within her as the bird gently laid low to the table. She grabbed the wing with both hands and stepped onto the bird with her left foot. Utilizing the bird for resistance Marta pulled herself onto the bird’s back. With a swift movement, the bird took off through the hall. Marta waved to the crowd as the bird flew past the shops, the market square, and toward the tree line.

 

River. Artwork done in walnut ink, black ink, and Etchr gold pearlescent watercolors on Arches 140 lb watercolor paper.


River. Artwork done in walnut ink, black ink, and Etchr gold pearlescent watercolors on Arches 140 lb watercolor paper.

 

Marta’s tiny and glowing body was lifted from the bird. In front of the night sky, with the blessing from the Sun, and support from a flock of birds with beaks of glitter and feathers of gold, she transformed into a round orb.

Wind dashed through her hair and sent hair tendrils in every direction. As she looked back she realized that they were following the river that leads to the open beach like in her dream. The trees and houses became illuminated as they flew past. Marta, realizing this gift, smiled and flung her hands in the air.

The river twisted and turned until they finally came upon the open estuary. The transition from river to ocean created a magical effect. Marta’s tiny and glowing body was lifted from the bird. In front of the night sky, with the blessing from the Sun, and support from a flock of birds with beaks of glitter and feathers of gold, she transformed into a round orb. The birds carried Marta to the sky and then dispersed into the fabric of the night as bright shiny stars. It is said that she remains in the heavens, orbiting the Earth to provide balance – but more importantly, to provide hope to those that, like herself, did not believe in the truth of tales.



River. Artwork done in walnut ink, black ink, and Etchr gold pearlescent watercolors on Arches 140 lb watercolor paper.