I stood mesmerized by the evening sunshine sparkling on the sea in Amalfi, and I wished I could fix its beauty in my mind forever. But there is some comfort in knowing so many others have also longed to hold on to this fleeting beauty. Words, familiar and true, ran through my head . . .
I came here to count the bells
that live upon the surface of the sea,
that sound over the sea,
within the sea.
So, here I live.
– Pablo Neruda (From The Sea and the Bells)