Krajinski Park Kolpa: Slovenia’s Past Present

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Endless fields of sepia
Filled with waving flax
Men hacking full stalks
Wipe sweat from their brow
While tying up their day’s work
Before returning home

Together man and wife
Beat, strip and clean
Their efforts showing
As stalks become
Softer with every movement

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Woman begins to spin
Her fingers pressed tightly
Together

Holding with one hand
A wooden rod
And the other
Steadily twisting stems

A loose knot forms
Purposefully crafted

From stalk to wisps
From wisps to string
From string to knot

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Now knotted
The flax is bleached
Void of color
Pure

Spun
Woven
Sewn

Into clothing
Into bed cloaks
Into linen

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Women put on the clothing
Accompanying outfits
With a touch of color
A scarf
Or belt
As a status symbol
Setting her apart from other
White-wearing women

Men put on the clothing
Returning to fields
Adding spots of white
Setting him apart
In an otherwise sepia field

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Both work endlessly
Their lives,
This.

From what was and what will be.
From nature
Comes nourishment
Comes life
Comes a lifestyle

Leading to a name
Of land and honor
“Bela Krajina”
“White March”

Learning how to knit - Krajinski park Kolpa - Nature Parks - Slovenia - by Anika Mikkelson - Miss Maps - www.MissMaps.com
Learning how to knit – Krajinski park Kolpa – Nature Parks – Slovenia –       Anika Mikkelson – Miss Maps – www.MissMaps.com

To this day
Nearly 200 years
From its initiation
Tradition continues

Man and wife
Live harmoniously
With nature’s gifts

Southeastern Slovenia’s National Park
Krajinski Park Kolpa

Pays homage to days past
While enjoying the present
And reaching masterminds
Of the future.

Check out the video Big Berry put together about Kolpa Krajinski Park. Make sure to watch it until the very end!

 

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