The River, The Stones, The Birds On the silent shores of a river she walks in quite solitude, trying to forget the night embedding her heart and mind. Icy waters swirl around her ankles, inviting her to plunge in, relinquishing life, setting her free. Something new touches her heart and she looks at her feet: small stones gleam in the sunlight; she looks to the sky: eagles soar on majestic wings far above the mountain tops; she listens to the world around her: solitary sandpipers running on gravel give their high-pitched thrill. With this beauty to accompany her, she realizes the path she must take, and relinquishes her pain and sorrow to float away as flotsam into an ever-cleansing sea far away where she can never follow. Drawing strength from the river, wisdom from the stones, freedom from the birds and life from nature’s bounty... she courageously begins a new life.