Italy

Isola Tibertina, Rome
Vase planted by Martha Boyden, March 29, 2014

“The vase was planted into the waters of the Tiber River at the end of Isola Tibertina. We went  early in the morning and tossed the vase and flowers into the river.  The Tiber was chosen as she is an ancient river through which centuries of activity has flowed both in stillness and motion. Isola Tibertina is an island in the middle of Roma famous for a birthing hospital naturally protected by the Madonna and child. Here into the continual flow of the Tiber, many people have given birth, been born as well as died in joy and sadness.”

T.S.Eliot’s The Four Quartets :

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in the world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.