April 6 2015

Easter day in Rome, I walked though intermittent thunder storms and greening Plane trees along the curving river. We didn’t wait to see the Pope, saw his smile in every kiosk and knick-knackery. Walking over that direction, throngs in pastel ponchos sold to them by the men who on sunny days sell selfie sticks. Only men sell them. Later, I turned on the Holy See website as I was searching for the text of the “Urbi et Orbi” (take-away: stay humble). There was a din of people in the square but the screen was dark. The live feed was on, recording with no lights on the people arcing in and then out through the basilica. Their hum as the sky cleared and wind picked up, you could hear that in the live feed.

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