Alfonso Maria Petrosino

China Is Getting Closer

President Ciampi lowers
the Italian flag and, as a souvenir,
he gives it to me, but on the edge
it reads “Made in China”.
And in the meantime a naked showgirl,
her right hand on her left breast,
lip-synchs the Italian anthem,
and the honourable Prime Minister
whispers in my ear, outspoken:

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