The Good Land


A farmer finds himself rapt in a contemplative moment while dispatching a deer. In this metaphysical moment, the struggling, dying deer represents the passing of life, the dead rabbit half buried in snow is the end of life while the farmer is the conduit between these two states. His realization of this is both a spiritual awakening and a source of melancholy. His vision puts him into more vital relationship to the deeper implications of life and death, the currency of a life lived off the land. The problem here is the ambiguity of revelation: how to interpret the vision, what is the Good Land, and how to achieve it.


E.A.B. 4/29/08