As I stand by the bayou, I watch a ship as she disappears.
There, she is gone.
And we cry for this.
But she's not gone.
She's just as real as when she left me.
And somewhere else, other voices are calling out, "Here she comes!"
And that is dying.
-- Final scene, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Some of you may recognize the above passage from the final scene of the film. We've received all sorts of letters asking what the Bathtubbers are saying. It's actually a derivation on a passage from Midrash found in The Ocean Almanac by Robert Hendrickson.
What images does the passage evoke for you? We'd love to hear from you.
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