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The Blind Guide

©Tina Mion 2005
Oil on Linen 72 x 96"


The river has long been a metaphor for the passage between life and death. In ancient Greece there lived a blind mystic named Tiresias — the Gods took his sight, but in compensation gave him the gift of seeing the future. I believe each soul has a guide for the passage between life and death, and that for each of us the river is our past. The guides must be blind; else the yearning river of memories would prevent seeing the way forward. We and our memories desperately reach out to each other but the river carries us on, and the past slips from our fingers, ever deeper into the waters until we are free.

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