been thinking...
"Once every few years, even now, I catch the scent of                 Africa.  It makes me want to keen, sing, clap up thunder, lie down at the foot                 of a tree and let the worms take whatever of me they can still use.  
I find it                 impossible to bear.
Ripe fruits, acrid sweat, urine flowers, dark spices, and other things  I’ve never even seen — I can’t say what goes into the composition, or  why it rises up to confront me as I round some corner hastily,  unsuspecting. It has found me here on this island, in our little  town…”

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

"Once every few years, even now, I catch the scent of Africa.  It makes me want to keen, sing, clap up thunder, lie down at the foot of a tree and let the worms take whatever of me they can still use.  

I find it impossible to bear.

Ripe fruits, acrid sweat, urine flowers, dark spices, and other things I’ve never even seen — I can’t say what goes into the composition, or why it rises up to confront me as I round some corner hastily, unsuspecting. It has found me here on this island, in our little town…”

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

  1. jcarl reblogged this from beenthinking
  2. binarycatharsis reblogged this from beenthinking and added:
    This is a friend’s absolute favorite, though I haven’t had the chance to read it yet myself. It sounds so incredible.
  3. katherine reblogged this from beenthinking and added:
    Does this still apply if I lack a sense of smell? I believe it does.
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  5. caseyliz reblogged this from beenthinking and added:
    reblogged for jenna - and for myself, five years later. AND ALSO FOR ANNE WHO IS THE BEST
  6. adventureswithamy reblogged this from beenthinking and added:
    interesting reflection…
  7. nomadsoul reblogged this from beenthinking and added:
    Yes. Every so often something random will set off a strong longing for Africa. For me the strongest sensory memory is...
  8. michaelikesit said: every now and then I’ll get what I call the scent of eastern europe. It first struck me when I visited budapest for the first time.
  9. just-susanna said: i loved this book so very much, it helped shape parts of what i believe today.
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