Passions of an Odd Chick

Monday, October 31, 2011

All Roads lead to Rome

Pieta by Michelangelo
 Yes! I was there. My nose was right up against the glass (now protected because years ago some deranged geologist repeatedly struck it with a hammer and broke Mary's nose. They fixed her with a piece of marble from her back). It was hard to walk away. The folds of the gown fascinated me and the rib cage of Christ and skin on the face of Mary- and this was made early in Michelangelo's career.
above the entrance of the Vatican- Belini and Michelangelo on either side of the
Papal Tiara and coat of arms
tapestry in the Vatican Hall of treasures

"I am still listening to inner sounds, still divining, trying to get a hold on Italy. Instead, the hold - part poem, part dream, all enigma- is on me..... there will always remain something unknowable about Italy" - Camille Cusumano
Looks carved but it's not. It's trompe! 

I had no idea about the treasures housed in the Vatican! It would take you years to see everything.

The trip was beyond my expectations. The only regret was that I couldn't linger, couldn't grasp everything, couldn't understand all the things we walked by without explanation.
But I just tried to stay in the moment. Hear, smell, feel, touch when I could so that I could bring the image back in my head and follow whatever path it may take me from here.

I will bring you more. But it all started in Rome.

"All roads indeed lead to Rome, but theirs also is a more mystical destination, some bourne of which no traveller knows the name, some city, they all seem to hint, even more eternal"  - Richard Le Gallienne


Bren said...

I've been looking forward to this, tales of your visit. Such beauty is hard to absorb, can only imagine how surreal it must have felt to be standing right there among all these treasures.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I'm with Bren....wondered about you
across the pond
and what we'd hear and see about it
when you returned.
I imagine the journey will only
as all your spirit soaked in
begins to process
into your everydayness.
May take years to unpack the treasure
from your heart:)
Sip it slowly, friend.

Jeannelle said...

Wonderful! Looking forward to seeing more!

Buffy said...

Oh I loved looking at the pictures,such beauty! You must of had so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

ooglebloops said...

Great photos - looking forward to hearing (and seeing) more of your trip!!!

Diane said...

This just takes my breath away....

Poetic Artist said...

I have been wondering about your trip..I am just now seeing it..I see you enjoy and all the beauty..Never enough time..

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner, sub/dude said...

You're quite a beatifull, wonderfull, adorable creature beloved by God. How I'd looove to kiss your indelible feets in Heaven. Meet me in the Great Beyond. God bless you with discernment PS God only gives bawls to those who see the need for humility -blessed holy socks