Friday, 18 June 2010

Sometimes I Dream In Italian
Postcards From Rome


Bernini's Triton Fountain
Piazza Barberini
Rome

"The muscular figure,

squatting so comfortably
on his shell,

could blow
through his conch

a jet only two inches high,
the pressure was so feeble,

and water fell back over his head,
down his stone locks
and along the grove of his powerful spine,
leaving a glistening dark green stain."

"... he was beautiful in morning sunlight,
and so were the four dolphins
that supported the wavy-edged shell
on which he sat."

Quoted from
Ian McEwan's novel
"Atonement"

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Images photographed
in September 2009
© by Merisi

14 comments:

  1. Love the quote from "Atonement" and such brilliant images to begin my day with, always so softly spoken and yet leaving such a strength behind, for I always look for more. Have a great weekend~

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  2. You are in Italy,lucky you:) Once I saw a TV documents abour Rome fountains, very interesting stories and indeed, each of them-a piece of art

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  3. That fountain looks very cool, in more ways than one. I could soak in there.

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  4. Perfect words -- perfect photos!

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  5. Earthy, sensual, Italian sun, the words and the pictures. How can one not feel that, when in Rome.

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  7. What a great photos of Bernini's Triton Fountain!

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  8. Merisi, your running commentary about the feeble spirit of the running water quickly brought a smile to my face.

    Of course, these vintage photos are as wonderful as ever.

    Thank you! xo

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  9. Oh, wow!!! What fabulous, crisp, and gorgeous photos...and your command of literature and culture NEVER ceases to amaze me! I'm always in awe! As always, you feed my soul! Love, Janine XO

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  10. STUNNING> HE is beautiful in that lighting, no matter the time of day!

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  11. I should imagine those fountains are the place to be on a hot summer's day! Great pictures!

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  12. I would like to dive into that wasser!!!

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  13. belle davvero merisi. quello contro il cielo poi ... bellissime

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  14. oh ... belle davvero merisi !!! quelle contro il cielo, poi, meravigliose.

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