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Bologna's Two Towers

Today took a walk and got lost on Via Zamboni. There was the church of Mary Magdalene and I went in and prayed and meditated on Mary Magdalene and felt the love Jesus had for her and she for him. Though I have loved many women in this one lifetime, not one has ever dried my feet with her hair. The day begins to brighten. I buy a watercolor set and linger on the Piazza Giuseppe Verdi where students of Bologna University have gathered for centuries. Stand before Bologna’s landmark leaning Due Torre--two towers--exactly where Dante stood, and then wrote:
“As when one sees the tower called Garisenda
from underneath its leaning side, and then a cloud
passes over and it seems to lean the more,
thus did Antaeus seem to my fixed gaze
as I watched him bend...
Divine Comedy, Inferno, XXXI, 136-140

Never can my eyes make amends to me --short
of going blind-- for their great fault,
that they gazed at the Garisenda tower
with its fine view, and --confound them!--
missed her, the worthiest of those
who are talked about.
Rime, VIII

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