110: From behind the shrine

Through the shrine’s glass, the world seems the reflection of a dream.

13 January 2021

Am I dreaming? In this silence-soaked room, it’s a doubt that often comes to me. I observe the faces of the athletes on the walls, their arms holding shiny cups, I tell myself that yes, maybe I am dreaming.

I don’t go out of this shelter that often; when it happens, people treat me with gloves. Literally. Skilled hands take care of me, protect me, every single gesture is a shield. I wonder what I did to deserve such attentions. I’m not a vain brocade, I don’t know much about silk’s haughtiness. But I’m proud of my cotton fibers’ purity, I really am. The purity of the water that gave me life and that I can still on the Biellese mountains – small, far dots behind the windows.

One day, once again from the comfort of my shrine, I hear somebody talking about me. I eavesdrop. An expert voice is recounting of my softness coming from strange tubular machineries. Thanks to them, she says, my warmth is able to wrap the human body under layers of fabric. That’s extraordinary, I think: I like the idea of safeguarding, I’m a special agent. But that’s not all. The expert voice adds that my destiny is not to be hidden under the clothes. Because I am the cloth. Before me, on the playground, athletes were drab, dull. They need me to enter the legend.

I admit it, I like hearing the sound of these words. I may be simple, but this won’t stop me from feeling some little healthy pride. To live in a dream, to make someone else dream.
From behind my shrine, the world has the blurred outline of a nice memory.
The parallel, flawless lines look towards victory everyday.


Born in Biella in the foothills of the ltalian Alps, WONNIE is a ski-loving white bear. Because he is from the snow­covered Alps, he is vulnerable to hot weather, and despite his size he has timid personality so he is always blushing. WONNIE is a gentle bear with heart of gold who easily find faults with himself even with small things but never blames others.