Catania

  

Bell towers all chiming at the same time

noontime 

terra cotta rooftops

Ionian Sea in the distance

chime of 12– pause then 1

it is 12:15 now

my children took a last walk

to the elephant square

and I am writing poetry about Catania

earthquakes and volcanoes

can’t stop her

she pulls the good from the destruction 

“Black City” where the bricks and tiles

are made from lava stone

everyone waits for the next big eruption

“Not today,” they say, “not today.”

Catania

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