The “Nana” Dog – Haibun

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week I was in Rovereto for my husband’s art exhibition.  The day was cloudy and there was a strange yellowish tone to everything.  I was taking a photograph of Piazza Erbe working on the idea of perspective and there he was…a huge dog walking his owner.

The dog reminded me of Nana from Peter Pan for some reason.  And then I wondered:  what sort of apartment does this guy own.  I mean look at the dog, it’s huge!  Basically people live in apartments in this country…those who have yards are really in the minority, so one wonders about keeping pets of this dimension!  Oddly enough though, I’ve often found that the bigger the dog, the smaller the apartment!

Still, my imagination galloped thinking of this Nana dog and I imagined that the man had a beautiful family with three children just waiting for their dog to come home…maybe in a 4 room flat!

small houses big dogs
funny how they choose their pets
other perspectives


Written for We Drink Because We’re Poets Story Prompt #9

The Past … May 11, 2014 (Free Quatrain)

Rovereto

Rovereto

Weaving down an alley way
My mind went back to ages past
When in this flower of art and culture
The streets were paved in urine …

Funny how we’ve so soon forgotten
The miasma of London town
Cholera raged in the land
Not so many years ago …

The city streets throughout the world
Were filled with horse and carriages …
Now we complain if we find dog poo,
Imagine the streets back then!

The skies of London were thick and black
As coal burnt in homes and factories …
Smog is not a new visitor
We’ve just invented it’s new moniker …

Throughout the ages plague and famine
Were common, among most men …
Yet we only ruined small areas,
Of our Mother Earth back then.

Walking through medieval streets
History surrounds me daily …
I can’t help but remember
How our life has changed so radically.

 

 

 

Shopping – Shadorma (Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Prompt)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmaps and prints
ancient and modern
colorful
magical
inside a dark dusty shop
invites me to enter

looking
at prints
framed and ready
to add to my wall
souvineers

through the streets
near De Pero’s home
is a shop
pleasant sight
bits of history and color
a Lorelei call


Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie: Shadorma Photo Prompt # 7

Pakistan in Rovereto – Conversation Poem

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Hello sir, you’ve a lovely shop here … does everything come from Pakistan?

No, I’ve food that comes from Turkey too, India, Syria, China and Albania!

I see you’ve ghee, basmati rice and tea … and look at all these spices too!

167 spices from throughout the orient, 6 types of basmati as well as 5 types of patna rice and 7 types of green tea, including Chinese!

And do you have halva, what of baklava?  I’d love some filafel and samosa too!

Alas, the halva is all sold out now and no one in Italy I know can bake baklava.  I have a mix for filafel, and samosa snacks in three flavors as well as frozen to be fresh fried! I’ve coconut milk and tahine …

I have fresh baked goods from Milan, made by a baker friend of mine.  (They’re really very very  good.)  Look at these  5 types of cookies, these pastries and in the fridge I have some special treats …  just like we have in Pakistan.

Oh my! I see you have henna as well … both for my hair or to decorate my hands.

Yes, and kohl for your eyes as well … and tiger balm from China.

As I looked around I saw Quaker oats, peanut butter and bottles of Coke imported from foreign lands.  Special cooking pots, fans as well as vegetables and meat … halal of course! 

I bought some samosa, some cookies, ginger beer and a tube henna, and promised I’d be back!


Inspired by dVerse Poets Pub – Conversation Poem

Haiku/Senryu May 2, 2014

Haiku

sweet morning light
first rays awaken the sky
the concert begins

the skyline is black
pink clouds hover brightly
rain later today

Senryu

run like a madman
begin breakfast – wake them up
exhibition day

the list is longer
than usual today
so little time for me


I don’t think I will be on line today…hope you all have a great day of writing, see you tomorrow morning, or who knows maybe later!

Photography: Sunday Walk – Rovereto (TN) Italy

I thought I’d try to take you all with me on a virtual walk around some place I’ve been to and taken photos.  I hope to make this a Sunday event…

Today, as I’ve just published a Weekly Photo Challenge dedicated to a couple of interesting photo’s from Rovereto, I thought I’d take you on a walk we went to that city not long ago.  Unfortunately it was a rainy day but lately every day is a rainy day!

Our central goal was to visit the Fortunato Depero Futurist Art House and then just roam around a bit.  The Art House was DePero’s home;  he left it to the city of Rovereto to be used as a Futurist museum.  It is the only Futurist museum in Italy.   The city has recently restored the building creating a beautiful setting for his and other artist’s work.

When we arrived we found a parking spot near the Leno river:

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I love these old apartment buildings that look over the river…the small structures that you see on the terraces used to be outhouses (some still were in use when I arrived in Italy 40 years ago), now they are used as storage closets.

apartment buildingsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe went directly to the Depero Futurist Art House…unfortunately it is prohibited to take pictures inside the building, but you can see some in the link anyway at least I took a shot at the roof from the entrance courtyard!

Museum EntranceWe were informed that we could see two sculptures that Depero had made for a hat shop! So off we went after visiting the exhibition, and found a lovely window as well (I love windows and bridges so couldn’t resist!)

Hat ShopWindowsThen we just moseyed along taking in the view:

ArchwayPiazzacovered sidewalkAt the end of this covered sidewalk we came upon the Fortress:

The FortressAnd turning left to return to our car…this lovely scene met us!

Public BuildingPublic Building detailImagine my delight…a covered bridge with windows!

Bridging BuildingsHave a wonderful Sunday! 😉