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Ezra Pound poem

Published October 18, 2012 by Tony


This wonderful poem gives me the pretext of inviting you to respect nature and trees. I love trees. Please treat them with respect.

The tree has entered my hands,
the sap has ascended my arms,
the tree has grown in my breast – downward,
the branches grow out of me, like arms.

Tree you are, moss you are,
you are violets with wind above them.
A child – so high – you are,
and all this is folly to the world.

“A girl” by Ezra Pound



Published December 10, 2011 by Tony

2011: an Extreme Exhausting Year


 This year there have been devastating events everywhere, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Australia’s flooding and a drought in Africa and it seems that – despite 2010 already was a bad year for America –  during 2011 USA got smacked repeatedly. The U.S. has had a record 10 weather catastrophes: five separate tornado outbreaks, two different major river floods in the Upper Midwest and the Mississippi River, drought in the Southwest and a blizzard that crippled the Midwest and Northeast, and Irene. Some expert says it’s mostly bad luck or random chance, but many of them agree about ‘man-made global warming increasing’ as main responsible. If so, we all have to hope that U.S. first and other big States then, as Russia China and Japan, after the last United Nations climate meeting in Dubai, take the blame and charge of the critic situation. Here’s a recap of the disasters which occurred in these 11 months of 2011, excluding those happened to flora & fauna – sometimes inexplicably –  worldwide, or those caused accidentally from humankind. We all hope that the coming new year will be better, of course, and that peace and serenity will be the subjects of which we would treat next time. This is my best wish for you all, wherever you are, aware that suffering is just a way for us to strengthen our faith and have a heart towards those not-so-fortunate on this planet, that sometimes seems more like a purgatory that a heaven.

Argentina, earthquake magnitude 6.9, January 1
Southern China, earthquake magnitude 5.2, January 1
Chile, earthquake 7.1 magnitude, January 2
Near Japan, earthquake triggers Tsunami Warning, January 3
South-east Iran, powerful earthquake, January 3
Northern Argentina, earthquake 7.0 magnitude, January 3
Rockhampton, Australia,  Major Flood, January 3
Brazil, heavy floods leave at least 35 dead, January 6
California, earthquake 4.5 magnitude, January 12
Indonesia, huge Waves Destroy Homes, January 12
Pakistan, massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake, January 18
South Island in New  Zealand,  magnitude 6.3 earthquake, February 21
Queensland, Australia,  largest hurricane in Australian history – Cat 5 Cyclone Yasi, February 2
Hawaii,  Volcano eruption, March 6
Japan, devastating magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, March 11
California Highway falls into Pacific Ocean, March 16
Northern California, offshore magnitude 3.5 earthquake, march 17
Vanuatu,  magnitude 6.5 earthquake, March 17
Myanmar, Thailand,  magnitude 6.8 earthquake, March 23
Japan’s coast,  magnitude 6.4 earthquake, March 25
South Sandwich Islands,  magnitude 5.4 earthquake, April 1
Fiji, magnitude 6.4 earthquake, April 3
South of Java, Indonesia, magnitude 6.7 earthquake, April 3
Veracruz, Mexico,  magnitude 6.5 earthquake, April 7
Japan, magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits shore, April 7
Eastern Japan, magnitude 6.5 and 6.2 earthquakes, April 11
N. Carolina and Virginia, deadly Tornadoes, April 16
Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Alabama, massive thunderstorm killed at least 180 people, April 28
Albany, New Zealand, deadly Tornado, May 3
Major Mississippi flooding destroying  many homes, May 15
Papua New Guinea, Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake – Tsunami warning – May 15
Iceland’s Grimsvotn,  Volcano erupts followed by small earthquakes, May 21
Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Disaster, May 22
Springfield, Massachusetts,  deadly tornado, June 1
Arizona, Duststorm, July 5
Chile, Volcano erupts, June 6
Arizona, massive wildfires, June 8
Christchurch, NZ,  6.0 and lower magnitude earthquakes, June 11,12
Nebraska, Kansas,  40 Tornadoes rip through, June 21
Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska,  7.2 Magnitude Earthquake, June 24
Phoenix, massive dust storm, July 5
New Zealand,  Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake, July 7 and May, 03
Northeastern Japan, Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake, July 9
Philippines, Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake, July 11
Colorado,  5.3 earthquake, August 22
Virginia, NY and Carolinas, 5.9 earthquake, August 23
SC,NC,VA,  Hurricane Irene hits, August 26,27
Taiwan and China,  deadly Typhoon,  August 29
Texas, worst level of drought, during 2011
Alaska, 6.8 magnitude earthquake, September 2
Argentina, magnitude 6.7 earthquake, September 2
Vanuatu, magnitude 7.0 earthquake,  September 3
Northern Sumatra,  magnitude 6.6 earthquake, September 5
Vancouver,  magnitude 6.4 earthquake, September 9
Pennsylvania,  Floods, September 10
Texas,  Fire destroys 1,554 homes and 17 people missing, September 11
Northeastern India, magnitude 6.8 earthquake,  September 18
Siloam Springs, AR,  Tornado, September 18
Philippines, deadly Typhoon, September 27
Aisen, Chile,  magnitude 5.0 earthquake, October 7
Death Valley,  Magnitude 4.0 earthquake, October 7
Papua New Guinea, Magnitude 6.7 earthquake, October 14
Amurskaya Oblast, Russia,  magnitude 5.9 earthquake, October 14
Simeulue, Indonesia,  magnitude 5.4 earthquake, October 16
Central America, Heavy rains kill at least 84, October 18
north of Tristan Chua,  magnitude 5.3 earthquake, October 19
Palau Region, magnitude 5.3 earthquake, October 23
Eastern Turkey, magnitude 5 – 7 earthquakes, October 23
Fiji Region, magnitude 6.0 Earthquake, October 27
Bangkok, massive Flood, October 27
Liguria region, Italy, deadly floods, October 26
Peru, magnitude 6.9 earthquake, October 28
Africa,  most active Volcano Erupts, November 9
Sicily, Italy, heavy rains cause Flooding and devastates village, November 23



Published April 13, 2011 by Tony

It is springtime.

Also if today the weather has been bad all over Italy,  the winter is away and we perceived it some day ago when the temperature rose and the sun gave us enjoyable and longer days. The brisk air at morning or evening, Nature that awaken and the birds song already had announced the coming of the  spring.

As usually, it wont last that long and before you can say knife, hot days will arrive, especially here in the south, meeting again the summer.

But, anybody feels the spring in a different way…. to whom the allergy comes back, to whom the sleep always seems insufficient, to whom weakness afflict and to who this new season brings vigor and excitement.

I’s sure that the physical-chemical effects leading the Nature to awaken in a so short lapse of time enthrall as fascinate me looking at that little nature I’ve the possibility to meet in the vicinity. Naked trees and wizen plants that live again gladdening with their colours and vitality. Birds and insects become more active and numerous and the one who luckily is living next to woods or fields feels and can appreciate more this event. And it happens from time out of mind…. before the humankind could populate this planet. And only this should be sufficient to respect and care the Nature that belongs to it as of right. Nature shows it and ask for it by its vitality (thank goodness!) which deserves reverence. Small plants, herbs and mosses that grow at the streets edges, in the asphalt, on the walls and on the roofs, in the squares cracks  and even inside the old abandoned objects!

If this is not the miracle of the life, of the survival and of the adaptation, tell me where we can meet it.

In case of a global disaster, whereas life could disappear, many scientists say that the only living being to survive and repopulate quickly will be the insects (together virus, bacteria and fungus), practically the littlest being and the less esteemed…. whatever one may say, they are the strongest!

This is not a good expectation but I like to think that whereas sunlight isn’t lacking or coming back then, also the vegetation, thanks to the vitality I mentioned, could return to color with green the Earth.

Without plants the life for animals (and for us) isn’t possible and, alas, many forgot that!

Probably many of you have some memory linked with the spring as in me still is alive the memory of some smell. Not far from the home where I spent my childhood there were some building with a small garden inside and during this season, any time I passed alonside I felt the scent of some flowers, as the orange blossoms, coming from those gardens. Heady and pleasant aromas that as a natural clock informed us that the summer was behind the corner.

Inexorably, mind associated that odor to that place and so, anytime my olfactory cells feel that fragrance my mind unintentionally goes back to that time and places. I would like to know what memory link you with the springtime, to its smells and colors.

Good spring to you all.