Country Birds


I just about lost the Hat as I was dawdling in the circuitous passages running along the Abbey garden but finally leading to this chapel. I do not remember if I saw one last foot hit the narrow stairs or if there was some other clue, but up I climbed. Latin was being pursued with abandon. Although the pews were relatively new, the place was very old. One of the many exceptional additions was the use of screens on the window openings. Screens were a rare thing anywhere we went to in Rome, and indeed they appeared unnecessary. The sunlight was intense, so perhaps the screens were in some fashion, supposed to filter out a portion of the light. Or maybe the country birds down this way in Fossanova were not as bright as the city birds and thus required encouragement to stay outdoors.

©2015 Joseph Yarbrough

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