#28 “The Singing Bone”

Illustration by Kim Condon

Artist comments: In this day and age, bones sing all the time. To the trained eye, the right bones can disclosed age, gender, chronic disease, and more. To an archeologist, bones can tell the story of an ancient people. To a paleontologist, their fossils paint a picture of life on Earth millions of years ago. To a forensic anthropologist, bones can give a victim a name, and disclose who dunnit and how. So how apt that the bone of the “innocent and dumb” brother, once carved into a mouth-piece for a shepherd’s horn, literally sings the the tale of his murder in The Singing Bone.

In my drawing, I have depicted the moment the shepherd is crossing over the brook with his flock. This moment—the moment the little bone catches his eye—is the moment of discovery and is the key to the resolution of the tale. Bones hold any number of secrets and remain mute across time while hidden away. But once discovered, it is in their nature to sing.