On the foot of Meteora

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      Meteora, Greece, January 2003

      I planned this trip. I was up before dawn to beat the tourists. I know it was snowing last night, so why this surprise? It’s like the world’s in shock, wondering what’s going to happen next. A monk’s chant pricks the freezing void. Wisps of cloud begin their slow skyward journey. Only one set of prints before me, up the endless steps to a monastery stuck like a paper lantern atop a colossal thumb of rock.

      I should be enchanted. I should be pondering the symbolism in the rough confusion of paths or the snow without blemish, its transience. But no. Old memories haunt me: black habits, the rattle of rosary beads, faces red with anger. The weight of the word Xavarian hangs from my larynx like a flayed bat. The Brothers taught me to hate, made me into an obsessive rebel, a non participant.

      Complete silence in this tiny chapel cut into the rock. I mocked the monks: so this room was your cinema, your holidays, your wife and your children! It’s brilliant with Byzantine frescoes. But, I thought, it achieved nothing. The old saints look to the left or right, there’s Simon on his pillar, a winged John the Baptist, furrowed brows. Then I saw the three worrier saints, rational understanding exacting men, looking at me. My God! I had not expected to be caught off balance like this. They remind me, “John, the choices were all yours”.

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