From time to time I pen my own psalms. Follow the link for the entire corpus (such as it is). And too keep up to date with all of my writings, drop by my Facebook page and give it the old thumbs up. (Thanks!) Today's psalm was inspired in part by the artisans of Tuscany. In the same way, though, it was inspired by the artisans I've encountered in the Ozarks, the Appalachians, and the Mississippi Delta. Enjoy.
These are imperfect metaphors: the wine-maker in the vineyard, tender with his grapes; the fromagère with aging cheese, gentle in the salty-washing of rind; the leather worker etching a name, shadows past the surface of tanned skin.
These are imperfect metaphors for times more tender, washings more gentle, and hides more etched with words eternal.
Creation creates; the work of hands echoes, "it is good."
*Enjoy a few photos of the artisans of Italy.
Luciana cultivates a vineyard and olive grove on the outskirts of Castelmuzio.
Sandra and her husband Ulysses (you read that correctly) operate a cheese farm on the road from Pienza.
Valerio Truffelli crafts amazing leather goods at Bottega Artigiana del Cuoio in Pienza.
Amber and Erika Morrison ran across this wonderful artist who'd set up shop near a small church in Pienza.