One That Got Away

Girl in Venice

Thanks to Rat’s Ass Review, an online literary collective, for publishing the following poem in their Love & Ensuing Madness collection.

A Girl in Venice

                                                               —April 1980

Flocks of pigeons, people in a plaza shutters snapping souvenirs


You step into my long-lens view

..focused face, heap of hair


Then Ciao, Arrivederci…

..gone before I lift my eyes


Back home, I pin your sudden grin boarded cork above my bed


Tell friends the story of your glance them bend with envy at your smile


Today, on streets in San Francisco

..I searched for eyes to dance with mine


Tonight, alone, our momentary spring

..blossoms on my tablet screen




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