Beyond the Fish Traps: Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer
My pilgrimage to Magdalen sites in the South of France in 1997 coincided with the sudden death of my dearest friend and mentor, Donald F. Sandner. In a grievous farewell I found myself chanting Om Sri Kali Ma beyond labyrinthine wood fish traps along this fabled shore. With black waves rising ominously but retracing my steps, I turned to behold the comet Kohoutek beyond the bell towers of the local basilica, home of Black Madonna Kali Sara. Framed thus between solitary beach and a passing comet, this work brims with association to Don and to the disciple who Jesus loved the most.