The Arid Karoo, South Africa

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Ink sketch and W&N watercolour on Amedeo 200gsm – from my imagination
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There was this large grey Karoo tortoise trudging across a public lawn in Cape Town followed by a young woman with a sad drag in her feet.
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“Yours?” I asked. She looked at me mournfully, and said, “A traveller picked her up on a dirt road near Beaufort West in the Karoo and left her at my backpackers. She’s dying here.”
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“I could take her back,” I offered. “O please,” she said.
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Two days later, when I pulled up outside her backpackers, the tortoise was in
a big box, her head and feet inside her shell.
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The woman wept and said, “My husband says, how can I know you will take her back? But I know you will.”
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Just inside the Karoo National Park, I put the tortoise down on arid earth. She pushed her feet and head out, sucked in the dry air, and powered over rock and bush to beyond a small bult … and I thought of my own small home surrounded by stony hills…
- Clive Lawrance


27th April2013 – FEATURED in “The Best of Anything & Everything”
14th May 2013 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”

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