No one has to agree with me about this, it’s just a personal prejudice.


About Italians

What is it about Italians?
What shortening or lengthening of genes
delivers them two steps past ordinary,
to elegance?

The Greeks, Chinese are longer at the game,
further up the food chain of antiquity
and yet the grace is there, Italian
Unmistakably felt, even in a crowd

Art is life in Italy, the conversation
swells with it, each word a craft
Hereditary smells and tastes, the simmering
language ladled over me

An entire nation on fire with life
Centuries, regarded from a fourth dimension
Visions pop, like rabbits from a hat
What is it about Italians?

Poetry Collection: Broken Pieces
This poem is included in
Jim Freeman’s
poetry collection
BROKEN PIECES
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