I had just left Marina di Pisa,
driving along the coast on a small road
towards the highway to Rome,
when I spotted a path amongst the reeds
and decided to stop and walk towards the river inlet
to photograph the clouds left from the storm the night before.
The colourful cranes of the industrial port
piercing a translucent sky and reflecting in the water
were reminiscent of scenes from Aki Kaurismäki's
achingly beautiful "Man Without a Past".
Following the path towards the seaside,
I encountered this scene, and I felt
as if some invisible hand had transported me
into a different world entirely.
An abandoned circus cart,
a child's two-wheeled barrow?
Was this a dream?
If not, whose hand had
pulled this cart?
We'll never know,
only this much is for sure:
The owner lives in this fairy tale mobile home,
under a big blue sky in a reed bed by the sea,
his privacy fiercely guarded by his faithful dog.
A man's dream,
perchance, and beyond that, reality:
Reeds as far as the eye could see,
swaying to a secret melody in the early morning breeze,
under white clouds sailing into the blue and beyond,
drifting like slowly fading dreams.
Photographed in September 2009
along the Tuscan Coast, just south of Marina di Pisa
First posted 28 February 2010
Images and text © by Merisi
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