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The Labyrinth & the Sea

“That labyrinth became a world whose rules I lived by, and I understood the moral of mazes: sometimes you have to turn your back on your goal to get there, sometimes you’re farthest away when you’re closest, sometimes the only way is the long one. After that careful walking and looking down, the stillness was deeply moving.It was breathtaking to realize that in the labyrinth, metaphors and meanings could be conveyed spatially. That when you seem farthest from your destination is when you suddenly arrive…” Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust

I’ve discovered a new blue horizon created by the blending of the iridescent blue of the Adriatic Sea and the sky. I am pulled towards it. All the morning roads I take point in its direction and my walks often end at its shore. I enjoy looking into it like a mirror, marvelling at all the shades of blue I had never noticed before.

The sea laps back at the city’s edges; softening them. Bringing the fisherman out and in and infusing the air with a subtle salty sweetness.

In the seven weeks that I have lived here, I have become familiar with the ways of the city. I’ve been studying two books, in particular, to become more familiar with its history and its culture but at the same time, my intuition has also been making the city its own in its own way. Caring less about the history of the city and more about its natural surroundings and structures. Unless I hold it back, it has a tendency to take over and make everything its own.

I also have to admit that I care less about the history of the labyrinthine old town then I do about getting lost in its ways. I have been teaching myself how to use the labyrinth as a way to enter into my own story. I take it as a form of meditation and allow the disorientation to act as a gateway. A new set of rules take hold and as the sunlight shifts, the labyrinth changes form. From within its narrow streets, I walk the length of myself. I contemplate all that I have sacrificed for the sake of knowing myself, believing that I was knowable. That blue horizon forever expanding …


x M 

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