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Red Venice

for Y.F.

 Dans Venise le rouge/ Ni un cheval bouge (In red Venice/ Not a horse is moving) –Alfred de Musset, written before he had seen Venice

 

In solitary London

all the stone steps are connected

 

In brave Accra

dolls float in the lagoons

 

In silent Munich

night has a long tongue

 

In drifting Chicago

iron hammers fall slowly

 

In ascendant Minneapolis

the tall mirrors have wheels

 

In frozen Paris

children can breathe tulle

 

In fragrant Ulan Bhator

knife-grinders hymn the moon

 

In crenellated Mumbai

craneflies invite thunder

 

In shiny Dallas

a rooster screams among certainties

 

In bored Asuncion

the bishop dissects a virgin

 

In vacant Shanghai

acrobats own the streets

 

In luminous Harare

only obsidian has wings

 

In blue Santiago de Cuba

no moths are arrested

 

In crystalline Akron

willows bend to the crows

 

In ghostly Novgorod

great mantids tiptoe

 

In muscular Rome

apartments open like books

 

In smooth Cuernavaca

a wind-spirit caresses herself

 

 

Posted 01/24/16
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