Monthly Archives: January 2018

Dreams of Samarkand – Poem #22

Having passed three score ten the end of days is fast approaching Where have all the sunsets gone while I was living day to day? Contemplate the living billions few of whom have made a mark I guess I will be one … Continue reading

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Endings – Poem #21

Of all the places I have been and all the paths that I have walked there are many I know I will never walk again. Such is the nature of things; the omnipotent film maker has made the cuts, certain … Continue reading

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Into Exile – Poem #20

I walk the old streets and realize they tore down the Endicott Theater to put up a savings bank in the same space where Poppa and I saw “Blood and Sand”. And Fat Tony’s Luncheonette where we’d stroll for a … Continue reading

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From a Tent in Italy – Poem #19

In the camp of dreams he s sitting on his balcony in Aleppo; the lights of his city now dimmed the street blackened and empty the clatter of crockery indicating life goes on somewhere; in the dark a distant rifle … Continue reading

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Refugee – Poem #18

  We left our home in novecento padrone and prominenti ‘Ndrangheta and the priests the almond trees for golden streets. I wasn’t born with dreams like yours; tending trees I would never own; almond butter, a crust of bread before an … Continue reading

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Train to Nefasit – Poem #17

Nefasit, Eritrea and the train Riding Acela to Boston Connecticut towns roll by coffee and church steeples a successful man in coat and tie recalling when three and twenty with no awareness I was blessed I hopped the train to … Continue reading

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Diaspora – Poem #16

to The Cathedral Snack Bar – Asmara, Eritrea Bougainvillea Passegiatta Old men doffing borsalinos wearing double breasted suits. Topolinos in the street run as if on memory pretty girls now walking by laughing, giving boys the eye. “Un espresso piacere” … Continue reading

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We Interrupt The Poetry Reading…

The mailboxes – Note the missing one! for an announcement. I have not received any mail for two weeks; and not because no one has sent me any! I trust my creditors still want their money, the electric and water … Continue reading

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Dancing to Perfidia – Poem #15

The Hotel Torino – Massawa, Eritrea built by the Fascists when Eritrea was an Italian colony.  In 1960s it had a roof top bar; 20 year old Toritto  misspent a portion of his youth in Eritrea and had many a drink … Continue reading

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Streets of gold – Poem #14

Paki cabbie one fare more drives in Manhattan dreams of Lahore Tiffin man washes dishes catches the subway Lakshmi wishes Mexico’s son picks the ground tomatoes today a penny a pound Latina domestica behind the gates cares for the children … Continue reading

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