Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE STAR OF FREE WILL: 10, by MARIA LUISA SPAZIANI

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First Line: Sunday in the provinces, a plaintive norman bell-peal

Sunday in the provinces, a plaintive Norman bell-peal
among fronds beating out a ragged tempo as loud as they can.
Hawks open up a pathway between threads of rain,
black clouds hold a blue triangle in their mounting.

August's pause far from Mediterranean woes
invites me to string backwards the pearls of the past.
I've had four loves, invented eight books,
soaked up Vivaldi on certain moonlit evenings --

I've despised the bourgeois who flees all extremes,
who barters soul and adventure for a little balance,
I've learned that a mongrel spaniel is better than a lover
because, like everyone else, he gives back what he gets, but honestly.

Used by permission of Story Line Press.

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