Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE DUOMO, by MARIA LUISA SPAZIANI

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THE DUOMO, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I lived in milan the duomo was thirty years younger
Subject(s): Milan, Italy; Time

When I lived in Milan the Duomo was thirty years younger,
March used to gallop along like a crazed Valkyrie,
a sky of thawing aquamarine
used to laugh into my eyes remembering little.

When I was a girl, the schoolyard oak
held thirty circles fewer to its heart,
the Velasca tower shined sparkling new,
reflecting Papuan-island sunsets.

As a candle holds its tongue of flame,
each craggy spire held its saint.
With my eagle eye I saw them smile,
blink, and tell me yes.

Beneath three full moons in joint rotation
there bloomed for me, thick on the churchyard pavement,
a field of narcissus where Rimbaud danced.
I had a halo or two more then, that March in Milan.

Used by permission of Story Line Press.

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