Venice #2

The next afternoon I got happily lost in the maze of meandering, cobblestoned streets. Each lane twisted and turned, revealing new delights. The heat shone off salty pavements and children dripped with gelato, unable to keep pace with the summer melt. I watched couples in gondolas and lamented my solo status. It seemed de rigueur to ride…

Venice

Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go. ~ Truman Capote I arrived in Venice on a balmy afternoon by private water taxi. Visions of Othello, James Bond and gondolas had long since captured my imagination. The boat pulled up in the oblique shadow of Saint Mark’s Basilica. Two stout men that…

Equinox

Slough off Winter’s remnants. Tie up loose Ends. Spring’s Zephyr Whispers, Promising A new cycle: Awakening Genesis Relinquish dross, Discover pearls, formed from Grit Agitation Foment. Feel the sun Swell, My limbs Stretch, unfurl. The whales head home, As do I.  

Taboo

Two evocative syllables. The word elicits hushed tones, noir images and blurred boundaries. It can be seductive and scary. And no matter how much we try to avoid it, we eventually collide. As Benjamin Franklin reminds us, “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Death is the great leveller. We don’t…