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What I AmI am alone. Alone in the wilderness. Devoid of all human interactions. But what does it mean to be alone? Is it the absence of people? Or of material things? If these are true, I am surely alone. But I am not surely alone. I am surrounded by things greater than any material possession. I am surrounded by people. My mom, my dad, my sister, my friends. I am surrounded by a granite abyss. I am king of this realm, yet I am a tiny part of these outdoors. The buzzing of bees replaces the buzzing of motor cars and it calms me, knowing I am alone. Little things begin to replace day-to-day distractions. I skip a stone and only I can see the water ripple. But each ring brings with it a memory and I am not alone. When I look around I see nothing, yet I see everything. Lakes and peaks, rocks and trees, valleys and sky. Here the world resides and I am part of it, part of a loneliness that is anything but. The wind trickles through the trees and through my body, reminding me of the journey it has ma
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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