She held on to the coat throughout the night. Stood on a rim on the castle wall looking out over the valley, smelled everything, wished her coat would turn into wings. Felt meat in her stomach turn as if still alive. Knew more about death than she should have. Wrote it all up for the bishop who burnt the pages in front of her, threatening her: didn’t she know how frail Christendom was still? Did she want to upset the divine order? Up on the wall, it seemed to her there were no walls. She knew she could touch the sky if she wanted to. Stretched out her hand. Flew like a stone thrown by itself.
#1/100 Days 2011. The photo shows Uta von Naumburg born Uta von Ballenstedt around the year 1000 in the Harz region of Germany. She died in 1046. She was married to Count Ekkehard II of Meissen with whom she lived in the castle of Naumburg on the Saale river. The couple had no children.