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  Death in Venice.
by Peter J. Oszmann
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.

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The Autumn sneaked into Venice with a whisper,

Chasing withered leaves with a whoosh of her rust gown.

On Saint Mark’s Square she made all the pigeons scamper,

Rocked the gondolas with a light air, squatting down

On the Grand Canal’s weather-washed, greyish stone steps.

Arriving early to have a sisterly chat

Envious Winter was following her footsteps,

Bringing ice on her forehead, under her blue hat

And squatted down by her sister on the cold stone,

Invoking a curse on the town in low whisper.

The bells of Saint Mark were ringing with a sad tone…

…Above the grey buildings there was Death in the air…

 

 

© P. J. Oszmann (September 1978 in Hungarian. Translation 2001.

 Revised 2003.)

 

 

 

One miserable, cold, damp September day in Venice (around the time of Pope Paul Vl’s death) and a photograph, very similar to the one posted above, inspired this poem, written in Hungarian. (Below is the original)

My wife and I attended an International Surgical Conference there.

The night following the Pope’s death a woman, across the street from our hotel window, was wailing for the Pope all night.

 

 

 

 

      Halál Velencėben.

 

 

Suttogva szökött be Velencėbe az Ösz

Fonnyadt leveleket kerget köppenyėvel

S Szent Márk terėn galambokat riaszt a bösz

Szėl, s gondolát ringat melabús zenėvel,

Mielött gubbaszt a szürke lėpcsö felett.

Ide követte irigy növėre a Tėl,

Homlokán, kalapja alatt, hozván jeget,

S a kėt növėr gubbasztva, suttogva beszėl,

A korhado városra átkot igėrve,

S mig a hideg szėl kerget szürke felleget,

S Szent Márk harangja kėr hivöket Misėre…

… Halál lebeg a szürke paloták felett…

 

© P. J. Oszmann (September 1978)

 

 


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Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/1/2004
That is so cool how you made that picture become fall and winter, I love the blue in that cloth, a beautiful color for winter, I would assume that one is the winter one...either way, I like this poem, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Rose L 6/1/2004
How postively creative! I truly enjoyed this. You took a picture and brought it to life. Wonderful.

~Rose~
Reviewed by Sue Hess 6/1/2004
wonderful poem and picture... i can see how the picture could inspire the poem or vice versa
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/1/2004
terrific poem, peter; thanks for the sharing!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/1/2004
I salute You, Sublime Poet!

"Death in Venice" is a poetical grand!

Healthy long creative life may You enjoy!

Keep posting.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

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