An Ode to Piran

Piran Slovenia 2009©PhilASmith
Piran, Slovenia 2009©PhilipASmith

The uninvited tempest raged through
Your narrow, age-worn cobbled streets;
Poseidon’s wrath unleashed at last,
Alas – on shore benign, on town genteel.

The haven for Crusaders wounded,
Your healing grounds now ravaged
By seething, midnight blue waves unsettled,
Wrapped by Medea’s writhing seaweed hair.

Yet, the waters shall soon recede,
Restored to golden Adriatic aqua blue,
The last festering wounds cleansed,
Broken hearts mended, desponded souls revived.

Salty air, spiced with cypress and pine trees,
Shall caress and sooth my frayed nerves again,
Soft breezes from the Serenissima across the bay
Shall gently sway the masts, rocking me to sleep.

Piran, the secret mistress of Venetians,
A patient lover from unremember’d past lives,
Will your spire shine bright on top the ancient hill
While Venice drowns in her own metropolitan decay?

May your mighty pyres blaze high,
May the Michaelic spear pierce
Through the darkest night with force divine
To guide us through the swamps of misty ghosts.

May your unshaken stones, the gnarly roots
Of dark green pines, ground me;
Undefeated, you survive, remain unblemished,
The unwavering beacon for weary wanderers.

An Ode to Piran ©Marta Stemberger
(inspired by the floods in September of 2010)


Piran, Slovenia, is an old quaint town in the Northern Adriatic, just across from Venice. The photo was taken by my husband Phil Smith when we were visiting Slovenia in May of 2009.


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The exchange needs to happen in the spirit of equality and respect for each other, with full awareness of the impact that human actions have on the micro and macro environments. We need to – each one of us – develop an acute sense of the effects that the smallest action has on the whole community, humanity, Earth, Universe.

The fundamental change in economic principles needs to take place to enable a fair and sustainable exchange of goods and services. The good of charitable organizations cannot offset the bad of profit-driven businesses. Philanthropy is not a solution, not a good enough one. Non-profit organizations, charitable contributions, tax-deductible donations can only function in the world where the excess of money exists, governed by greed-driven behavior.

Shift in economy needs to happen. Some trends are already noticeable – see articles on Impact Investing, Progressive Vision, The Gift Economy – but we need more.

May the spirit power of the reborn sun dissolve human illusions and delusions.
May each soul wake up and find a true connection to its inner radiance.
May awakened human beings create networks of light and love across the worlds.

Let’s choose COMMUNITY in 2015.