The World On My Doorstep

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Lighthouse in a Field of Grass

on January 12, 2014

postcards2From Marianna in Ukraine comes this beautiful card by the talented (and elusive in terms of trying to research her in English) artist Marisya Rudska, who also painted another of the cards in my collection. I like the strangeness of this card, but it also seems very peaceful. Marianna has also been kind enough to use some really awesome stamps, which is always appreciated!

Edit: please see Igor’s comment below for some fascinating info on this ‘sea’ of rye.


2 responses to “Lighthouse in a Field of Grass

  1. Igor says:

    Hi Monica,

    I saw this beautiful card and of course (surprise, surprise) I had to reply. The light house in the field of rye is a strange one, but not so strange if you look at it from Ukrainian point of view. You see, rye is very special to Ukrainians and it grows (or maybe used to grow) vast. It was large fields of rye, as far as eye could see, and when the wind would come through them it would be like waves on “the sea.” In Ukrainian and Russian literature, poetry and language the Field of Rye is often refered to as “The Sea of Rye.” This artist, who I actually do not know much about, is refering poetically to the field of rye.

    Hope it explains just a bit more than a strange light house in the middle of the field.


    • mailmon says:

      Hi Igor!

      Hope you’re well and happy new year! Thanks (once again!) for filling me in on this, what a lovely poetic phrase. It reminds me of something, but after a long day at work I really can’t put my mind on what! I also had no idea that rye used to be such an important crop in the Ukraine, I guess somewhat like maize was (and is) in the Americas. It’s amazing how staple foods can affect linguistics like that.

      For example, did you know that some Maya languages to this day have more than 30 words for maize/corn? Amazing… so I am not surprised that the sight of rye waving in the wind, rustling like water, beautiful, far-stretching and (seemingly) impenetrable, has been compared to the sea.

      Have a great day 🙂


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