Turner’s Paintbox

“This is how it happens, then.  This is how our lives unfold.  A shout in the street.  A cry and a whisper.  Two people turn their faces from each other.  Forget the nightly news, the special bulletin from our New York correspondent.  Life happens by accumulation, one moment falling softly on another.  A snowflake lands upon a leaf of grass high on a mountainside.  One by gentle one they fall, and when spring comes there is the creak and roar of an avalanche and a whole village is swept away.  For us too each moment drops unnoticed, the molecules of time falling and nestling against each other, until the inevitable occurs.”

Paul Morgan, Turner’s Paintbox (Penguin Viking, 2007)

4 thoughts on “Turner’s Paintbox

  1. Michelle Post author

    I’ve just finished reading Paul Morgan’s Turner’s Paintbox. I think this is a wonderful opening paragraph.

  2. Shirl

    Very beautifully written: a direct link to my imagination.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and linking back; that’s very nice of you … :0)

    Have a lovely New Year.

    Shirl x

  3. S.L. Corsua

    “Life happens by accumulation…”

    That line leaps out from the passage and grabs me by the collar. It strikes a chord in me. So very true. Life is never linear. 😉

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