Friday 18 June 2010

Sometimes I Dream In Italian
Postcards From Rome

Bernini's Triton Fountain
Piazza Barberini

"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


Images photographed
in September 2009
© by Merisi


  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~

  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

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

  4. Perfect words -- perfect photos!

  5. Anonymous18 June, 2010

    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!

  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

  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

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

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

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

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

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


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