Photo Journal

[Photo Journal] The Grandeur That Still Is Rome


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

This is the last of my photo-series from Rome. Over the past weeks, I shared a few photographs from the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican, the Colosseum, and a few more. This time around, I am attempting to capture the grandeur that still is Rome through these photos. I have also written this post last year in my private Facebook account as I looked back on the year 2016. I do hope that these pictures also bring you peace.

The Grandeur That Still Is Rome

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” 
― Virginia Woolf

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.” 
― Maya Angelou

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” 
― Wendell Berry, The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry

“If you love me as you say you do,’ she whispered, ‘make it so that I am at peace.” 
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.” 
― Ruskin Bond, Scenes from a Writer’s Life

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