September 20, 2022
soave sia il vento
tranquilla sia londa
As you begin
this last journey
may the winds be soft
and the waters gentle
Note: The two title-lines and the above text are from the funeral-card for Mafalda Zinga – my mother;
the funeral was Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
The two lines on the right of the image – a detail of Botticelli’s Nascita di Venere – are from the Mozart opera Cosi fan tutte.
The four-line stanza is my incorporation of the Italian into a tribute for a life well-lived.