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[Photo Journal] The Grandeur That Still Is Rome

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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

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

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