~crown of feathers~

June 28th, 2008

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Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence. And though admittedly such a thing never happened, it is still conceivable that someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence certainly never. Franz Kafka, 1917

I had learned through the little research I did before leaving that the point where the Sirens once sang was off the tip of the Amalfi Coast by a seaport called Nerano. Naturally, I had to pay homage.

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We had a walk along the ridge above the sea, with the butterflies and Queen Anne’s Lace. Ali said, “It wouldn’t be an afternoon with Kimmi without a long, sweaty hike.” Then he ooohed and aaahed like mad for the distant view of Capri.

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In Nerano proper we had some lunch and Ali wandered off, returning with swim fins for himself and a raft for me. YAY! Then we slipped into the very waters where the sirens swam. It was a gorgeous ocean to splash in and so much silly joy. An excellent way to spend our last day after the to-ing and fro-ing (and hiking, boo-hoo.)

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Afterward–sunburnt and sea salted–I finally made my birthday self-portrait (a little tradition from way back): a siren at thirty-nine. Here is also a portrait on my fifth birthday, in the forests of Utah, wearing my mom’s Casablanca sun hat. It’s not exactly a Seirene feather crown, such as the Muses once plucked and wore, but it will do…

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That night a howling rain storm swept over the coast, warm and wet and very dramatic. We borrowed umbrellas from the hotel and had a splendid time, including dinner and the aforementioned mojitos at the gorgeously old-school 50s-glam Fauno.

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We popped in to a shop on the main drag where we bought Ali a new shirt. I couldn’t believe he let me talk him into that one. Everyone needs a little something new from time to time! I scampered about in a completely uncharacteristic short short skirt or a clingy little black dress the whole of our stay. Clothes are a costume, it’s fun to play. Anyway, the shirt suits him.

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Later that night we decided that the siren song was likely Funiculì, Funiculà, which would kill just about anyone.

2 Responses to “~crown of feathers~”

  1. Kolby says:

    Kim, I’m always blown away by your photography!

  2. kim says:

    thank you kindly Kolby!
    a fine complement, coming from you.

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