The Venetian Face

The Venetian face is faded
lampshades of blushing pink
buildings trimmed in handmade lace
hide rotted wood beneath.

Antique glass-blown cheeks
Venetian lilac window panes
boarded up when day is done.
turn turquoise when it rains.

Rose bud steeples never burgeon
worshiping the savory sun.
Clotheslines strung like story times, and
piovan hymns, softly sung.

Venetian pigeons love the children
cannoli, biscotti and beignet.
Croatian stone lines the bakery’s eyes
a flaked paint and pastry holiday.

Perfectly cooked tuna fillets
Star jasmine has its own concerto
coral dusk dances a fast furlane
feet a-rocking from the vaporetto.

Aqua sky with a grey-blue wig
sips apertivo party breeze
the high-tide spritzers conceal
carpeted stairs of velvet seaweed.

Saluti, floating, fizzy city
buildings of rhino mountainsides.
Saluti, curvy Serenissima
and your pouty-lip mountainside.

© khartless 2021, All Rights Reserved


10 Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s