Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Adding no names

Signs, Fez medina

Traveling's eternal why:
take the road,
up-end routines,
leave friends and lovers to go, briefly, far elsewhere.

Then there are "why-s" of a different scale.

Traveling Arabia in the late 1800's, Gertude Bell writes,

"A compass traverse over country which was more or less known,
a few names added to the map –
names of stony mountains and barren planes,
and a couple of deep wells –
and probably that is all...

It's a bore being a woman when you are in Arabia.”

C - adding only herself, no names, to this map

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