Monday, February 23, 2015

Kiki travels to Heaven and Back and Brings Home startling old news (A nonfiction fairy tale)

  • One day, Kiki Suarez is visited by a great shaman woman named Eloise. Eloise lies down and falls asleep on the floor in Kiki's gallery, under her favorite painting by Kiki.
    This makes Kiki very tired, and she too falls asleep beside Eloise on the floor.
    Kiki dreams that she and Eloise are traveling together through vast underground caverns where they meet Crow. Crow seems huge, or they have shrunk. Kiki, who is going blind, discovers that she can see everything perfectly. On ne voit being qu'aec les yeux, Eloise whispers to Kiki. L'essentiels est invisible pour les yeux.
  • Kiki already knew this, but she sometimes forgot, even though she was very wise for a living person. One sees well, only with the heart. The essentials are invisible to the eyes. (Anotine St. Exupery.)
  • Crow flies through a hole in the earth, into the sky and up to Heaven, with tiny Eloise and Kiki and her back. Kiki and Eloise climb down and look around.
    "Kiki," said Eloise, "I want you to meet one of my favorite people." They walk into an art gallery and there is Kiki Suarez, looking just like herself. For Earthly Kiki, it was absolutely like looking into a mirror. Only Heavenly Kiki was the most beautiful woman earthly Kiki has every seen. Two Eloises are there too, and Kiki's husband and children and daughter-in-law and friends.
    Kiki worries that her family and friends had all died in some catastrophe.
  • "No, said Eloise, "We live in two places at once. Actually in many places, but know that you live here, and that you are truly perfect and truly beautiful, just as you are."
    "Oh," said Kiki, "I say say that to people, even to myself, but I guess I didn't fully deeply totally believe it." She looked at her heavenly self again with the deepening vision of her heart, and saw, yes, that heavenly self was truly, incredibly, deeply beautiful. But there was still a seed of doubt. Was her earthly self as beautiful? She knew she was full of faults, too.
  • "I know what you're thinking," said Eloise, "but let me tell you, Heavenly Kiki and earthly Kiki are one and the same. They are identical, because they are a single being, perfect imperfection."
    "Of course," said Kiki. "I already knew that. But now I can see it is true." She looked deep into Heavenly Kiki heart and saw that she was just the same and she was, and yet, perfect and lovely.
    "Now," Kiki said, "I really see!"
  • And then she woke up on the floor of the art gallery, feeling a little stiff and bruised from sleeping on the floor. A radiant smile spread over her face as she remembered the dream. "Mais les yeux sont aveugles. Il faut chercher avec le cœur."
    Eloise had awakened, and Kiki leaned over and gave her a kiss on the cheek. "Thank you, Eloise," she said, "Thank you!"
    For what?" asked Eloise, looking puzzled. (And then, she turned to the audience, you and me, and winked.)
  • Forgive super-quick story and art. Sometimes, with sprouts, I just can't help myself!
    "Mais les yeux sont aveugles. Il faut chercher avec le cœur." = But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart... Antoine St. Exupery.


John said...

A great story filled with hidden truth.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thank you so much John, I really appreciate it! Kiki is an artist who is going blind.