Watching the Ripples Radiate.
Author: marshalg

Chapter 188
















Cabana, cheese and mustard sauce

Do grace the tablecloth,

White puffy clouds and warm south breeze

And joy in chilled beer's froth.

Hot sun doth bake these stony walls

Sweet mandolins do play,

And the pigeons peck at breadcrumbs caste.

And all fares well today.


Young darting men on Vespa's

Ply their arrogant good looks,

And those stunning senoritas

Strut their stuff while momma cooks.

Monsignors in scarlet robes

Do scurry through the town

Dispensing Catholic action

To any soul who is around.


Madonna's guard the roadside shrines

Where hot seal winds aloft

Toward the craggy mountain pass

And pastured alpine croft.

The peasant woman bends her spine

Trudging forth with strain,

Wood faggots piled upon her back,

Up hillward bound with pain.


Old men sit and ruminate

And watch the young girls pass,

Whilst nursing dark retsina

In an opaque thimble glass.

The olive trees look stately

In their crooked ancient way,

And cast a darkened shadow

Where the roosting chicken's lay.


And out across the mounded hills

The patchwork quilt of farm

And out beyond that deep azure

Of Italian coastal charm.

Seaward to horizon

The aqua blue intense

Extends as far as eye can see

Mediterranean immense.









Mangere Bridge

23 January 2010


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