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Let's re-invent Land!

What is Land? I’m imagining myself driving from Rome to Milan, Tuscany landscape surrounding me, trying out answers.

And yes, land seems to me wonder, and latitude. Thousands year of human hard work and geological texture co-exist on these gently sloping, all-cultivated hills.

A meanings, a meanings and nothing less - this as I pass the imaginary line separating Siena from Florence. A line I sure can’t see, which in the past has seen armies marching in both ways, trumpets aloud, in a try to conquer the land of someone else…

An old land echoing old meanings. Of domination and war, misery, malaria, unnecessary poverty. All these stories still vibrates. Yet none of these once powerful reigns has survived history, while birds continue to fly across the border, totally unaware of it. And as the same air flows like gentle, yet unstoppable, breeze.

Our challenge is, find new meanings for old places. New eyes, to acknowledge the nourishment land gifts us through day to day work and dedication. The supreme beauty no human architect will ever imitate. A new soul, to openly accept and appreciate spaces where nature can exist undisturbed.

A land which is our garden, not just a commodity on sale, or resource.

Land is, I wonder, nothing else, and less, than us.


jadefrank's picture

new lands

Hi Mauri,

I love your story of Land. Through your writing, I see images of ancient empires and war. There are several lines that I really love: "Yet none of these once powerful reigns has survived history, while birds continue to fly across the border, totally unaware of it." This line gives me the true sense that land is older than any war, any epidemic, any person.

I especially love this line: "A land which is our garden, not just a commodity on sale, or resource." So true.

Thank you for sharing your story!


Rebecca Snavely's picture

new meanings

Hi Mauri,

I agree with Jade - your writing takes me not only to Italy (where I've never been, but hope to visit) as well as back in time. The challenge to find new meaning for old places rings so true where land has such rich, deep history. So much grief comes from claiming "mine," delineating an "us and them" view of place and land. The vision of birds who know nothing of old wars but continue to fly, regardless of boundaries, is beautiful.

Thanks for bringing a bit of you and Italy here.


Mauri's picture

Rebecca, the theme of land


the theme of land the way I depicted it should be not an issue any longer, in the World I'd like. Just another relic of past times. The fact, I'm really concerned, and a bit afraid. You know, if you forget history, it will repeat itself. And you're condemned to live again horrors we hoped disappear.

I'm optimistic, however.
I know for sure that as in the World there are people like you, things will never arrive at an irreversible end point.
You, and alikes, are the real majority.

Cheers, and thank you for your warm interest.

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