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  Death in Venice.
by Peter J. Oszmann
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
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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.

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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Peter J. Oszmann

Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

  1. imaginable possibility
  2. A Woman
  3. The Fighter
  4. I Sprung
  5. fusion of muse
  6. I'll Be Doing It Until I Die
  7. Bedlam in Thibodaux
  8. The Domino Effect
  9. Shoes
  10. synchronized
  11. The Garden of Death
  12. sky of reason
  13. ISIS, et al
  14. Wind
  15. Fifty Bales of Hay....
  16. Speachless
  17. Ahhh . . . Thinking About Things
  18. My Silence
  19. A Few Words About You
  20. Searches of Mine

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