the end of the affair

i saw Venice drowned

in screams


Casanova dancing

shores up

saluting jilting waves

personifying shame


love-dormant gondolas

confiscated patrons

denying disease

waiting for a salt water release


Piazza San Marco's pigeons

mourning the death of non-existent trees

oxygen collapses

when the romance

gets trapped


i found Venice floating

aimless for its dreams....

Published on Writing Beyond History. An Anthology of Prose and Poetry, Montreal, Cusmano, 2006

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