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Vacationing in Rome...a poem and a photo

Friday, July 06, 2012

Not really! Don't get excited! Just going to Rome in my mind. I bought a book years ago, when going to Italy was just a gleam in my eye, which is full of unusual photos and quotations about Italy. I thought I would share some discoveries with you.

"In Italy one learns how to smile at time: perhaps not to get intoxicated by it."
Riccardo Bacchelli, 1962

These two old guys were singing opera in Piazza Navona. Benissimo!

"To An Old Philosopher In Rome" (for George Santayana)
On the threshold of heaven, the figures in the street
Become the figures of heaven, the majestic movement
Of men growing small in the distances of space,
Singing, with smaller and still smaller sound,
Unintelligible absolution and an end---

The threshold, Rome, and that more merciful Rome
Beyond, the two alike in the make of the mind.
It is as if in a human dignity
Two parallels become one, a perspective, of which
Men are part both in the inch and in the mile.

How easily the blown banners change to wings...
Things dark on the horizons of perception,
Become accompaniments of fortune, but
Of the fortune of the spirit, beyond the eye,
Not of its sphere, and yet not far beyond.

The human end in the spirit's greatest reach,
The extreme of the known in the presence of the extreme
Of the unknown.

-- Wallace Stevens

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