Ring of Fire

Coco Mask


“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien


Where is your mythical land,

what place inspires you,

with longing to be there,

live its magic,

breathe in its air,

its scents,

its colour,


and lore?


For me that place was Bali,

a land of enchantment,

in its nature,


and people.


I felt this way about a place I had never been,

due to watching,

Ring of Fire – An Indonesian Odyssey.

The two brothers who created this excellent documentary,

spent some time living in Bali,

and seemed so at home,

in a foreign land which welcomed and embraced them,

as they were,

and they learned much by being there,

about the nature of being.


The latest photography prompt

A Souvenir From a Vacation

reminded me of this mask,

bought in Bali,

when I finally visited my mythical land.


By the time I got there,

it was a haven of a different sort,

for tourists and travelers,

rife with all the things which they bring with them,

when they invade a place,

seeking its beauty for themselves,

as I was,


it still held the enchantment which it had promised.


“From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

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