Italy once removed – A collection of poems
In 1999 I was ten.
In 1999 I was in Florence.
In 1999 I was in my best dress.
In 1999 I smelled potpourri.
In 1999 I watched my grandparents dancing.
There was no music.
In 1999 my grandma was in her fur coat.
In 1999 my grandpa wore his shiny shoes.
In 1999 my grandparents
and held tightly.
In 1999 the night sky
over Saint Marco’s Cathedral.
A Longed Memory
I have a house in South of Italy
made of stone and small windows.
When snow was a longed memory,
I sat in front of an empty fireplace
and watched my mother’s gentle eyes,
smiling at the sound of my brother’s guitar.
My heart melted as flakes tinged
to white the dry sand.
In Milan the white, flat sky
envelops the grey buildings.
Concrete is suffocating but
In Milan a daisy is like
a phoenix from the ash.
Women walking down sooty streets,
wear fur coats and
In Milan men play ball
in the park, others sit on a bench staring
at girls that grew up too quickly.
In Milan skyscrapers rise above
Duomo Cathedral, and the air smells
of McDonald’s and baked bread.
I can get nothing out of it
or maybe I get too much.
Sometimes my gaze is blank
sometimes it’s hungry.
Misty mornings are my food
but the maze is infinite,
and with a dubious path
not even myself
I can trust.
Maria who travelled from America to Rome
Maria who wrote letters
And fell in love with an Italian man
Maria who had three girls
And went to church
Maria nor short nor tall
Maria with the hair of ash
Maria with the sight of a seagull
With the eyes of a hazelnut
Maria with the nose of a wood pecker
With the skin of ivory tusks
Maria with the skin of tissue paper
Maria with veins of irises
With the mouth of love
Maria with the voice of a whisperer
With a throat of a Galapagos turtle
With the breasts of waterfalls
Maria with hands of a piano player
With fingers of flower stems
Maria with an impressionist soul
With the mood of the sea
Maria with the back of a mountain
With buttocks of cotton wool
Maria with hips of snowflakes
With legs of a flamingo
Maria with tired eyes
Maria who lived a long life