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March 20, 2005


Hi everybody! Just a poem I've written, that I like, and am thinking of putting in my portfolio… Let me know what you think!

The Piazza di Spagna.
A hum of noise from the street beneath,
busy people wrapped in their
cocoon of heat, and bread,
popping out from bags,
like paddles manoeuvring their way through
the crowd. And cars
and scooters hoot and rev,
and all evaporates into the white heat
of the Piazza di Spagna.

The Piazza di Spagna has a fountain,
a bucking fish, and an open shell,
liquid crystal falling in an eternal rhythm,
smooth and cool,
and cool and calm.
The steps are slightly uneven,
speaking of age and wear, and years upon years
of kings, and presidents, and ministers, and me.

Of kings, and presidents, and ministers, and me,
sitting on the steps of the great piazza,
alone in the crowd of people and cars.
The hair tickles the back of my neck still,
and the waistband of my skirt is thick,
digging into my stomach like an iron band,
keeping me in place.
But the sun beats onto my skin, and through my shirt,
and heat surrounds me, and I am free.

Heat surrounds me, and I am free,
as I lick the dripping ice cream in my hands,
tasting the tangy vanilla against my dry mouth,
to stare and watch and wait and wonder.

He turns, and sees me, and I know it is only pretence,
but I keep my secret and greet him,
and we play our charade for the cameras watching,
talking and laughing and saying we donít know,
and he takes my hand and we walk,
down and down, the steps disappearing before us,
as we dissolve into the people.
And so I leave my secret,
on the steps of the Piazza di Spagna.

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