FISHERGIRL IN WATERCOLOR
1997, 14 x 17", pencil and acrylic wash on watercolor paper, by Chris Wayan
I had a gigantic dream one night that lasted many days in dream time. I was an adolescent going on a rite-of-passage journey, sailing a boat with two friends into unknown waters where (it was said) There Be Dragons. We weren't human ourselves, but rather feline with touches of coyote and lemur. The sea-charts we had showed a great archipelago clearly not on Earth, for it was near-polar yet subtropical. A hot ocean-world?
I woke on deck deep in the night, my friends curled around me, and realized I didn't WANT to pass the test, become an adult female, and marry and have kids. I loved my girl friends. I was trying to grasp I was lesbian in a society lacking the word, lacking the very concept.
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