Some servant of the Medici
ran down this narrow street
into this same stony silence:
our sandals slap the cobbles,
echo off these ochre walls as
easy rhythms of another time.

In shade, these cool stones
still keep the morning’s touch;
in sun, they blaze with searing
orange lust, driving lovers inside,
others into sweet holy shade
inside tall echoing frescoed walls.

A young woman walks ahead
hair bobbing, small purse swinging
beside her hip, muscles carrying her
easily along the narrow marble walk,
silent, a meditation available anywhere,
but here, a sweet musical song
that haunts my Canadian dreams.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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