Painted doorway, Palermo
Glad-Eyed Lady of the Midlands: photo portrait taken in the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento
The Valley Spirit never dies.
It is called the Mysterious Female.
Shih wei hsüan p'in
The entrance to the Mysterious Female
Is called the root of Heaven and Earth,
Of inexhaustible energy.
LAO-TZU Tao Te Ching
(Translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo)