She is surrounded by patchwork fields
as vivid as an artist’s impression:
here and there a stone church or umber
farmhouse scattered across her apron
stained with hues of olive, grape, tomato,
and scented with rosemary, basil, oregano,
zesty lemons and aromatic espresso.
She stretches her limbs along the Arno,
terracotta roofs reflecting heat and sun
back to the sky with prayers from the Duomo.
Medieval buildings, bridges and statuary
lean and totter towards each other,
imbued with essence of art and history,
traces of Michelangelo and da Vinci.
Kim M. Russell, 28th April 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Take Me With You!
This Tuesday, Lillian is standing in for Merril to host Poetics with a very short prompt, which she hopes will be far-reaching!
Lillian says that many of us are ‘sheltering at home’, except for permitted trips to the shop and daily exercise in the form of a walk or a run. Most of us are confined to our own cities or towns. Airlines have curtailed flights; trains are on very limited schedules, cruise ships are not operating, and plans have been changed, postponed or simply cancelled.
Lillian wants us to travel through each other! Titles of poems should be places, cities, sites, places we’ve visited, like pins on a map, telling our readers where they’ll be travelling to. Poems should take us there, travelogues of a sort, full of imagery and description to help readers ‘take a vacation’ with our words.
The photos were taken on my last visit to Florence in 2016 for my daughter’s wedding.