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Afoot and light-hearted
i take to the open road,
healthy, free, the world before me,
the long brown path before me
leading wherever i choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune,
I myself am good-fortune...
Walt Whitman (Song of the Open Road)

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I walk in the darkness that come before the dawn
searching for the path in order to climb up to the pagoda
after going beyond an apparently abandoned monastery
I start walking up along a steep path
through the humid vegetation.
After reached the pagoda
I enjoy of the first sun’s show
that make it glitter the golden stupas
on the surrounding hills and
under of them,
a blanket of mist and smoke,
nearly it was a residual of the night
still grabbed to the ground.
On the top at the pagoda
no one is there
so I can savour the hush
while some white birds
go through the sky
and fly freely on the countryside
towards the sun.


Cammino nel buio che precede l’alba
cerco il sentiero per salire alla pagoda
oltrepasso un monastero apparentemente abbandonato
e inizio a camminare salendo per un ripido sentiero
attraverso l’umida vegetazione.
Giunto alla pagoda
godo dello spettacolo del primo sole
che che fa’ brillare gli stupa dorati sulle colline
sotto di esse
una coltre di nebbiolina mista a fumo,
quasi fosse un residuo della notte
si aggrappa ancora al terreno.
In cima alla pagoda non c’è nessuno
così assaporo il silenzio mentre
alcuni bianchi uccelli
solcano il cielo e volano sulla campagna
verso il sole.

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Additional Photos by Luca Belis (Mistral) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 74 N: 2119] (15402)
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