You can hear the ocean

Photo at Colosseum, Rome, Italy

What we cast off can say more about us than what we hold onto.

Rebirth happens when the shell becomes the obstacle.

Photo at Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

et egredietur virga de radice iesse

Photo of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri

(and there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse)

New birth taunts like an illusion.

Where does it come forth?

I waited patiently at the mouth of many places.

I may have been changed.

But I had too much sameness to tell.

Photo of Sant’Anna dei Palafrenieri 

But who’s in charge of the naughty list now? My turn!

Photo of the Basilica of Paul Outside the Wall

Someone made a list and checked it once

Or wrote decrees in pencil.

I’ve not had a chance to be despot

with mandates inferential.

Photo of the Basilica of Paul Outside the Wall

It can be known

Photo of the Vatican Museum

But then I will know fully, just as I am fully known.

Did the unknown hide from me or did I hold unto what I needed to be true?

In being fully known, I imagine the undoing of a life of attainment in a second of honesty.

And I will laugh at the unraveling of my goals.

Photo of the Vatican Museum

Completeness Comes

Roman Forum

You can see in part.  But that will disappear.

Photo at Roman Forum in Italy

Land Use

Roman Forum

I was building a house where there was a house already built.

Photo of the Roman Forum ruins in Italy.

Functional Spaces

Street in Rome, Italy

There was a space to move.  That can be a starting point.

Photo of Rome, Italy.

Dissected

Rome, Italy cow car

Sometimes you need to know everything you are taking in.

Photo from Rome, Italy.