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Barbecue in Abruzzo
by Patrick Talty
Thursday, June 13, 2002

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They wheedled fire
from green trees;
smoke emerged
reluctantly,
child-like as on
an unwanted errand.

It cuddled slowly
round the edge of
a long valley where
spritely young trees
were being nurtured
by an Italian Spring;
where gleaming moss clothed
ancient, pitted rocks
as snow melted slowly.

We shared the wide-awake sky
with hills, unaltered from times
when pagan Marsi claimed the soil,
made their celebration
with rites of dedication
and centuries of toil.

Time flew;
from the barbecue
we made a bee-line
in a very fast car
for a bar
where they sold
coffee, tea, wine,
beer (icy cold),
a three-decker sandwich
and, for the crowd,
played very loud
songs in a foreign language.

(c)2002 Patrick Talty


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Reviewed by Victoria Murray 8/31/2003
Love the imagery, Patrick! This is such a wonderful write!

Hugs,

Victoria
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 5/13/2003
"...cuddled slowly..."/"...wide-awake sky..."/ the ENTIRE first verse! Stop me or you will get the whole poem back at you! (smile).. I absolutely loved this one.. it's packed with expressions, visions, images, mind pictures.. (em.. I love ice cold beer.. hehe). I just went ahead and plopped down in this one.. wonderful, Patrick! katy.
Reviewed by Lee Garrett 6/25/2002
Very nice.
Reviewed by jude forese 6/14/2002
luv foreign songs... nice poem...
Reviewed by Lori Moore 6/13/2002
"Reluctant some..." Great image. Excellent poetry.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/13/2002
Nice write and great imagery, Patrick!

May Lu $*_*$ / Sandie Angel :o)
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