Shisa Poet


Pane e tulipani
       -Italian movie

Say you had a bad day, wept
on shoulders, alienated
friends, slammed
down receivers on customers

Say you escaped to a dark
cinema where weeping
is normal, to Venice
& the heroine leaves her life,

say, to play the accordion
and love a suicidal & romantic
ex-murderer turned good. Your mood
might too. Katharine Hepburn, they

say, swam a Venice canal
in a movie once, and her eyes
never stopped weeping.

Location: Oslo, Norway
Publications: Stirring, etc.

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