Exiled from the living, on a sea, uncharted, three island realms of the dead. Even without a companion, no fear here. Our fate cannot be taken from us. This journey a Comedy. A happy ending.
In 1302, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri was exiled from Florence for his political sympathies. His only solace during his exile was writing. It was during this time that he wrote The Divine Comedy, an epic poem about a journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
Italy marked the 700th anniversary of the death of the medieval poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri in 2021. He is also known as the Father of the Italian language.
Like a leaf, or as migrating birds, I feel myself falling. A familiar thing that happens every year as weather cools and my garden dies. I try landing safely. Some years succeeding. Some years failing.