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venezia

May 15, 2020

PROMPT: Farsick

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they say get in, get inside, acqua alta is approaching
soon the  streets will turn into the canals, cobblestone swathed 
by the embrace of the adriatic , get in , quickly now
i don't. i stand in the middle of an almost empty piazzetta
i have no gold ring to offer, but wonder if the lagoon
will still accept me as a bride 
here are crumbling churches with gilded insides, here lie the bones of a saint
in water warped coffins, and i see  masked death gliding in on a gondola
here are winged lions of stone , firmly anchored to a ship i know
is sinking , but it doesn't matter
this place will live on in brushstrokes, in notes of music, in inked words,
 in reels of film 
the lagoon glimmers in the moonlight like a sliver of glass
i’m looking at venice in the eye
i wait for the sea to approach . i wait for foam and brine to encase
me in a cocoon of saltwater and take me to the heart of the city
so i will never have to leave.
 
venice venice venice . i made references to a couple of things- gondolas, winged lions (symbol of St. Mark) and the thing about throwing a ring into the lagoon was an old tradition called marriage to the sea , carried out by the doge every year.
'acqua alta' is high tide . i feel like this is a weird place to long to visit sooo much , but oh well!

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7 Comments
  • sunny.v

    replying: long live it indeed hehe!! hope you're doing well ^-^


    2 months ago
  • rainandsonder

    ahhh this is fantastic!! this makes me wish i could go to venice too, the closest i've ever been was a casino in las vegas with a fake gondola running through it. i love your writing style!


    3 months ago
  • joella

    woww this is incredible


    5 months ago
  • poetri

    this is a masterpiece


    5 months ago
  • sunny.v

    this is a national treasure!!! i absolutely am in love with venice now because of this piece, you described it so gorgeous and mesmerizing! amazing work ^-^!!!!


    5 months ago
  • mia_:)

    So beautiful! Your imagery is stunning!


    5 months ago
  • And_The_Stars_Laughed

    Wow! Your imagery is mesmerizing; so vivid! I especially love the lines "this place will on in brushstrokes, in inked words, in notes of music / in reels of film." Awesome job! :)


    5 months ago