Ship to Shore

dante.jpegThe opening lines of Dante’s Purgatorio begin on a note of soft resolution or on a quiet vow that “Per correr miglior acque alza le vele / omai la navicella del mio ingegno, / che lascia dietro a sé mar sì crudele;” that which means : “To course on better waters the little / boat of my wit, that leaves behind her / so cruel a sea, now raises her sails;” I chose this line to open the metaphor of a journey because, like Odysseus’s serpentine route through that maze of Greek islands to re-join his family, Dante’s journey is at heart an oft-clumsy yet always touching movement towards God. There is a physical and morally courageous plan in this: to go into it in order to come out of it or in other words, to go through the spectacle of Hell and emerge from that scene newly situated, on a terrain opposite from the beginning.

What better way than Dante’s to surmount the windy and twisty tracks of one’s life?


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