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Under the BedNobody goes under the bed.
I cleaned under there today.
I started near the front.
I first grabbed a cluster of pencils. I put them to the side.
Next I took a cup, full of mold.
Into the trash.
I reached farther back and took hold of my water bottle, still full with whatever was last put in there.
Certainly wasn't water.
I found my boots, which I've been looking for. I found one of my favorite sandals, not likely to find the other.
I also found my slippers, two sizes too small.
Getting down on my belly, I reach farther back, and took hold bits and pieces of torn photos, not knowing what picture they made.
I grab my Bible, and quietly put it back.
Next, I took hold of some cloth.
Curious, I pulled them out from out of the dark and into the light.
A pair of black panties.
I smile, and put them off to the side, recalling the fun night we had, how many months ago? 8?
Laying as flat down as possible, I reach to the very back.
And I touch your hand.
What's left of it, anyway.
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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