Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone

By Jackie Morris

A pillow book of poems, dreams & stories typed on sheets of gold leaf.

Poetry | Valentine's Day
184% funded
982 supporters
Writing in progress

Publication date: TBC

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Hardback

A copy of the first edition hardback with your name listed in the back of the book.

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Signed Bookplate

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, specially designed by Jackie, and your name listed in the back of the book.

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  • First edition hardback
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Seven Postcards

A copy of the first edition hardback with a set of seven postcards featuring prints of new images by Jackie, painted on clayboard, available exclusively from Unbound.

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The Silent Unwinding

A copy of the first edition hardback with a copy of The Silent Unwinding (both with signed bookplates) and your name listed in the back of the Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone.

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • A copy of The Silent Unwinding
  • Your name in the back of the book
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Signed Bookplate + Postcards

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, specially designed by Jackie and a set of seven postcards, plus your name listed in the back of the book.
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69 pledges

Read with a Friend

Two copies of the limited first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, specially designed by Jackie, and both your names listed in the back of the book.

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  • 2 x First edition hardback
  • 2 x Signed bookplates
  • 2 x names in the back of the book
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$100  + shipping
5 pledges

'Ma' Luggage Tag

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a hand-painted luggage tag using the Japanese ‘Ma’ symbol. (Limited to 30)

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Hand-painted ‘Ma’ luggage tag
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Limited to 30
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$150  + shipping
19 pledges

Gold Leaf Original

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with an original gold leaf sheet typed by Jackie but not used in the book. These are the rough drafts, some with mistakes, like sketches on gold leaf, with words. (Only 30 available)

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Original typed gold leaf sheet
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 30 available
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$195  + shipping
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White Wren Print

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed limited edition print of the White Wren - a typed gold leaf sheet 160 x 160 mm strictly limited to 45. (Only 20 available through Unbound).

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Signed limited edition gold leaf print
  • Your name in the back of the book
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The Memory of Music Print

A limited edition 25cm x 25cm print of an original story, typed on a sycamore leaf from the A40, near Narberth. The story is about man who knew the value of music. We are making 7 available via Unbound (out of total edition of 21).

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
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Gold Leaf Print - Stones

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed limited edition print of 'Where stones lean in' - a typed gold leaf sheet increased to a print of 240 mm x 240 mm, strictly limited to 80. (Only 10 available through Unbound).

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Signed limited edition gold leaf print
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 10 available
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$375  + shipping
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Gold Leaf Prints - Letters

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed limited edition print of 'When letters join' - a typed gold leaf sheet increased to a print of 240 mm x 240 mm, strictly limited to 80. (Only 10 available through Unbound).
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The Unwinding Page Proof

An original art work made from page proofs from The Unwinding with a typed haiku and stitched together with silk.

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
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Bookshop Partner

Join the growing number of independent bookshops that support Jackie’s work by becoming an exclusive stockist of the special edition.

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  • 20 copies of the special edition (with signed bookplate)
  • Your bookshop's name listed as a patron in the back of the book
  • Books supplied before the trade publication date
  • Bespoke Jackie Morris bookmarks for your shop
  • Social media shout-outs from Unbound & Jackie as a stockist
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$525  + shipping
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Gold Leaf Print

Limited edition signed print (70 x 87 cm) of a sycamore leaf painted in gold leaf and with a poem typed directly on to it using a 110 year-old Smith Corona typewriter. ONLY 7 AVAILABLE

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
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$600  + shipping

Kingfisher's Soul no 2

An original artwork - gold leaf on hand-stitched silk, signed by Jackie, with a typed poem.ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
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$750  + shipping

Bookshop Event

All the benefits of the partnership but with Jackie hosting and event at your shop - COVID permitting. (Limited to 3)

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  • 20 copies of the special edition (with signed bookplate)
  • Your bookshops name listed as a patron in the back of the book
  • Books supplied before the trade publication date
  • Bespoke bookmarks for your shop
  • Social media shout-outs from Unbound & Jackie as a stockist
  • Live event with Jackie
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$2,250  + shipping

Bookclub Visit

An evening of friends, gathering of a book group, to talk about the making of the Unwinding and Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone (Limited to 1 - UK only)

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  • 10 x First edition hardback
  • 10 x Signed bookplates
  • 10 x names in the back of the book
  • Only 1 available
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Otter Luggage Tag

A copy of the limited first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a hand-painted otter luggage tag. (Limited to 10)

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Hand-painted otter luggage tag
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Limited to 30
$150  + shipping
1 pledge

Oak Leaf Print

Original art work - a gold leaf print, signed & dated by Jackie (only one available)

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
$180  + shipping
10 pledges

Labyrinth Stone Soul

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a sheet of gold leaf used to decorate a labyrinth stone complete with the hand-typed co-ordinates of where Jackie has placed the stone in the wild. (Only 10 available)

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Gold leaf soul of a stone labyrinth (with co-ordinates)
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 10 available
$265  + shipping
1 pledge

Two Oak Leaves Print

Original art work - gold leaf printed on Two Rivers rag paper, signed & dated by Jackie (only one available)

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
$300  + shipping
7 pledges

Fox Bookmark

A copy of the first edition hardback with signed bookplate, plus a bookmark using Two Rivers paper featuring a fox hand painted in 200 year old paint (12 cm x 5 cm). ONLY 7 AVAILABLE

PLUS:

  • Your name printed in the back of the book
$375  + shipping
2 pledges

Gold Leaf Oak Original

An original art work - gold leaf attached to hand-stitched silk, with a typed poem and oak leaf print, signed by Jackie.

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book
$600  + shipping
1 pledge

Kingfisher's Soul no 1

An original artwork - gold leaf on hand-stitched silk, signed by Jackie, with a typed haiku.ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
$675  + shipping
1 pledge

Lark's Soul Gold Leaf Original

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed original artwork by Jackie, composed of gold leaf sheets hand-typed, stitched with silk and signed together.

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Limited edition signed gold leaf sheet original artwork
  • Your name in the back of the book
  • Only 1 available
$2,250  + shipping
1 pledge

A Romp of Otters

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, along with a signed original artwork by Jackie, an 8-page concertina book of original otter paintings, worked in sumi ink, with gilded Ma symbols and handwritten text on the back. (Book i=100 mm x 150 mm – total length of extended image = 970mm ). (Only 1 available IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!)

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
  • Original artwork book signed by Jackie
  • Your name in the back of the book
$2,250  + shipping
2 pledges

A Hand-Decorated Unwinding

ONLY ONE LEFT! This is a gift edition of The Unwinding containing 15 original paintings by Jackie added directly as vignettes to decorate the chapter headings. Signed with leaves painted and curling around the closed pages, this is one of a tiny handful of lavishly decorated copies: each one a unique work of art.

PLUS:

  • First edition hardback of the Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone
  • Signed bookplate
  • Your name in the back of the book

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'Jackie Morris is an alchemist; she has an extraordinary ability to throw all human infraction and grief into her ink pot and distill it into beauty, silence, stories and gold'. - Tamsin Rosewell (Kenilworth Books)

Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone is a quiet creature of a book that grew from the silence of lockdown from a desire to play, to see what happens if you type with a typewriter onto gold transfer leaf.

Small, to fit in the hand with ease, or be carried in a bag or a pocket, it is a natural successor to The Unwinding. Here, words revert to their natural form, becoming images, ink on gold, in their islands of leaf. Each sheet is a breathing space. The image on the cover is the Japanese symbol – 間- Ma - roughly translated as ‘gap’, ‘breath’, ‘pause’, and essential to all forms of art - negative space made positive.


The book may settle into sections – Birds, Hares, Hiraeth, Land, Sea, Sky, Dreams – but some sheets will stand alone. Again, as in The Unwinding, these can be catalysts for dreaming, a focus of vision, a small prayer to the wild. Some connect like a trail of pebbles through a forest. Some might be short stories told in gold pages. Through others, I explore my grief for my father who died last year and left me his vintage typewriter. The act of using a typewriter also hones my writing. Each word earns its space (which is what all writing should be).

I’m delighted to be working once again with the visionary designer Alison O’Toole, who helped me realise The Lost Words and The Unwinding. The book will be a challenge to produce, using metallic ink for the typed sheets and containing some illustrations. And, like The Unwinding, it should grow, change, develop in its making.

The book feels, right now, like a butterfly that has landed, cupped gently in my hands. With the support Unbound offers, and the support of readers who pledge, I can open my hands and look, really look, at that butterfly, with its gilded wings, and let it take flight.


Jackie Morris has laid a trail of breadcrumbs through the forest of uncertainty that gives the reader a lifeline of hope and enchantment.  Her words sing, heart to heart, across the void and create a calm yet uplifting place of sanctuary in a bewildering world.”
Tamsin Abbott (Artist)

The curious ramblings of a crazy woman
Edna Morris (Jackie’s mum)

About the book:

  • 224 pages
  • 135mm x 170mm (same size as The Unwinding)
  • 5 colour with gold metallic ink used throughout
  • Head, tail band and bookmark

 

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Hardback

A copy of the first edition hardback with your name listed in the back of the book.

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  • First edition hardback
  • Your name in the back of the book
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246 pledges

Signed Bookplate

A copy of the first edition hardback with a signed bookplate, specially designed by Jackie, and your name listed in the back of the book.

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  • First edition hardback
  • Signed bookplate
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    Jackie Morris

    Jackie Morris is an author and illustrator. She lives in a small house beside the sea in Wales, with cats and dogs for company. She studied illustration at Hereford College of Art and Bath Academy and has illustrated many books, and written some. The Lost Words, co-authored with Robert Macfarlane won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019. In the same year she published The Unwinding with Unbound, and they have committed to re-issuing and re-designing her backlist beginning with Song of the Golden Hare (Sep 2020) and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Mar 2021) and The Wild Swans (Mar 2021).


  • 28th November 2021 How time passes too swiftly

    So much happens each week, some things that I can share, others that must remain secret for a while longer. That is how my small corner of the world is. In the wider world also so much happens and so much uncertainty swirls around what might happen at Christmas and beyond and I do not wish to worry, only to live, and try to enjoy each moment. So, long overdue for an update, I will try not to miss…

    1st September 2021 Progress report ( for want of a better title); or sending foxes across the world.

    It will soon be time for Alison to work on the design for Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone. In advance of this I wanted her to see and hold actual pieces from the book, and also to have in her hands an accordion book. I owe her hugely for all the design work she has been doing on various projects. I know she is paid for these things, but  always feel that it is never enough. So, I wanted to make her pieces…

    10th August 2021 About many books, design, old paints and things.

    This is the first update on the Accordion Books page, and I've copied it here because of the relevance of talk about design, Alison, Feather , Leaf etc. So, if you are one of the 164 who is supporting Accordion Books it may be familiar to you. It's really wonderful to have you here as early adopters of the newest of my ventures. I'm going to mirror this posting on the Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone page…

    2nd August 2021 And the sun shines

    It's quiet here. I can hear the sheep in the fields, insect buzz and birdsong. So many finches, it's beautiful. My studio is scented with white sage. And I am tired. Last week was a hard week, with much painting. There was some shaping of the Book of Birds, some writing, and much painting for two new projects. Both of these involve foxes. In a way perhaps the one grew from the other, which in turn…

    14th July 2021 The Unwinding

    Strange times we are living in and through. The rescheduled Unwinding retreat was cancelled due to covid restrictions, as was the book signing, but we had hired a big house in Dulverton, the amazing North Moor House, and Chris, Davina and I had loads of work to do, on films for Spellsongs and for a new project, coming soon with Unbound. So we tested ourselves and travelled to Northmoor.

    John…

    13th June 2021 Silence

    It's been very quiet here for a while, but that is because my focus, for now, is elsewhere. The manuscript for Feather, Leaf has been with John, my publisher, and he has edited and also restructured the end a little. Like many of my books it wasn't linear, can be shuffled, and between us we have been trying to gather together the leaves, bark, stones etc into the right order. Part of my work today…

    9th May 2021 Journeys

    The past three weeks have been like stepping outside of time. The weeks running up to that revolved around working through the pain of an absess and having a tooth out. I have much to tell you. My focus will be on the good things, as always. (Also, tooth gone, pain now gone, after four weeks and too much antibiotics, thank you St Davids dentists for sorting this for me before I left home).

    Those…

    4th April 2021 Finishing the book for the third time.

    Over the past few days I have dipped in and out of Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone. I wrote a final piece and it brought back to mind some of the why and the wherefor of making this writing in such a way. 

    Today I walked to the top of the hill, to think, to look, to visit the places where stones have been for almost a year. The lane to the top of the hill is still, warm, heavy scented with gorse…

    25th March 2021 Partnership, play, practice, painting.

    For spring Unbound and I have partnered with 'oh' magazine to see if this idea might work. Inside the beautiful pages of the magazine there are three spreads devoted to The Silent Unwinding. The first is a little about the book, and some prompts for what comes next. The next two spreads invite you to write, paint, draw in the magazine, as you would in The Silent Unwinding.

     

    When…

    11th March 2021 How to finish a book.

    I don't know how it works for other writers, but there are so many times with a book where I feel, 'right, that's it. All done'. I thought I was at the end of Feather, Leaf, but now I find a need for about another seven double spreads. So, time to make space again to get typewriters out, to think and to shape and to play. Meanwhile.....

    I have been drawing foxes( practice for the Natural History…

    27th February 2021 A difficult week where much work was done.....

    There is much 'noise' around at the moment that steals the time that could be spent in making work, real work, but is also work. This week I have somehow managed to complete the writing ( I think) and compiling of, Feather, Leaf Bark & Stone. This, because of the curious analogue way I chose to make this work, involved much scanning. 

    The book is now scanned, with each page in the order I feel…

    14th February 2021 Thank you

    I would like to thank everyone who took part in this giveaway. I drew the winner, by random number selection and it is Jennifer Green. She's a printmaker it seems, from Cornwall, who lives in a similar landscape to my own, and uses watercolours. We've not met, but perhaps some time in teh future we will. And I hope she will work her own images into the book and share with us.

    This has been…

    6th February 2021 Foxes in the Deep Deep Light

    There are ways to write updates for crowdfunding projects and ways to write blogposts, according to some folk. This posting will work against all the 'rules'. Which is the real way to write....

     

    Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone is fully funded and growing. The manuscript has moved from my hands to John Mitchinson's and back again.

    I asked John to send me a picture of him editing, but he sent…

    4th February 2021 Have a listen

    I was asked to do a Podcast for Scotland Outdoors a couple of weeks ago.

    This is the result.

    Have a listen. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p095w2ng

    Spread the word.

    More coming soon. I need to get to my drawing board. I love how they've put this together. Beautifully paced.

    8th January 2021 Working hard, thinking hard, hard times.

    These are hard times. Hard to keep a focus on work when it seems that so much is threatened. So many people are suffering such huge loss. My friends who work in the NHS are struggling to keep heads above water. It's been almost a year now, of isolation. I really feel for musicians, whose lives are wrapped around performance. And meanwhile, in America.....

    And I try to focus on the beautiful things…

    1st January 2021 Working, walking, stone, gold, light and rainbows.

    It's growing dark. Rain is singing on the roof. The chimney sweep came, so I've a log fire burning, and soon I wish to sit beside it and read into the evening. The house is quiet with sleeping creatures. 

    I've been painting, working my way tentatively back into work. An idea has grown for a new pledge point as Feather, Leaf, Bark & Stone shapeshifts towards completion. I am making small pieces…

    31st December 2020 The Evolution of a Book

    The special edition of The Unwinding is in the post at the moment, travelling to the winner of the draw. It will live in the Netherlands, and I cannot tell you how disappointed I was to have to fill in a customs slip for it as its journey will cross into our 'new' relationship with Europe. 

    These are hard times we are living through. I was supposed to be working next week with the Spellsongs group…

    26th December 2020 Something for Christmas

    As the storm rages outside here's something to listen to. Robert Macfarlane and I were invited on to Backlisted Podcast to talk about The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. I've had a wonderful few weeks lost in these five books that make up the sequence. Now the pocast is live. So get a cuppa and settle in by the fire, because, outside, the dark is rising.

    For Christmas I was given a copy of Piranesi…

    21st December 2020 Thank you

    The best way for me to say thank you to all of you who have given your support to this book is to continue to work to make it the best it can be.

    In the last week The Space Between has moved from 88% funded to 104%, ensuring publication. 

    This book is such an unusual creature. It doesn't contain the kind of images that I am recognized by. The words have become images. It is quiet, contemplative…

    12th December 2020 Some weeks are harder than others.

    This week has not been easy. Why? So many reasons, not least being the realisation of the permanence of death. It's always there. It doesn't go away. There is no re-run. Trying to work through a year of coming to terms with loss, well, it's hard. The weather inside my head this week has been a fierce, harsh storm, but through it all I have been moving slowly, trying ( and failing a bit) to be kind…

    8th November 2020 The organic growth of a book

    I am lucky enough to be working with a publisher who is open to the movement of a book. At the beginning of a project you present one thing, but in the making of it the book begins to change, turn in new directions. It's part of the joy of working with Unbound. 

    So, this book began with random typings onto gold leaf fragments, and now has moved to looking for other things on which to type. Including…

    2nd November 2020 A curious turning.

     

     

    26th October 2020 Finding peace in the spaces between

    Days are spent in quiet reading by fireside, walking with dogs and painting. And thinking and playing. And while lockdown suits my soul I am well aware that it isn't the same for others. I've friends with shops who have stocked for half term only to find themselves closed. Solva Woollen Mill have copies of all my books in print, signed, as well as beautiful rugs and woollen items and also, oh my,…

    17th October 2020 Day to day: an invitation to join me, from a distance.

    For a while I wandered the land, but now I am home again. There's a peace to be found here. I'm settling to work, though still busy with events, mostly would around the launch of The Lost Spells in the UK and in USA. Our next event is with Ottawa International Writer's Festival, 25th October and will be at 2pm Canadian time which I think is 7 pm BST.  Robert Macfarlane and I will be talking about…

    24th September 2020 Time

    This time last year I was in Dulverton. My dad had just come out of hospital, but was frail. I was about to do an event with Number Seven to launch The House Without Windows. I was tired, worried, and had one painting left to do for The Unwinding

    Back in Dulverton again, because I was supposed to be doing an event with Robert Macfarlane in Dunster, for The Lost Spells, because I wanted to round…

    31st August 2020 Welcome to the Space Between.

    How do we begin?

    I wanted to make the first update today. Waking in the night, feeling good, then a dream of my father knocked me for six on second waking. Beautiful to feel so close. Sad to feel so far away, separated by death. 

    Outside the air was cold autumn, sharp, sun rising, birds singing. Light, bright, cats in the kitchen.

    I'm away from home tomorrow and too many things to do…

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