Pam Brown

(1948 - / Seymour / Australia)

In Europe - Poem by Pam Brown

I’m leaning
on a pillar
under a high
squinch arch,
brown leaves
swirl along
the colonnade,
dust my sandals.
dear palermo,
bella palermo,
dear trastevere,
I’m covered
in commas,
I’m wasting water
cool chalky water
I’m letting it flow,
I’m in science road
by the sandstone
devil fountain
that spouts a trickle,
I’m walking up
viale di trastevere,
I point
to my ‘wound’
my shoulder
my ‘sin’ like
an early christian
for a living,
bones bound
with fraying rags.
my one year
in a thousand years,
dear chrono,
your iron cross
upright atop
a potshard hillock,
I’m there
on the summit,
it’s flat like a mesa,
there I imagine
my balm,
my beauties –
in a kitchen
in europe,
the harissa
in europe
white tiles
to the ceiling,
a sprinkling
of soap suds
in a dark
autumn sink.
dear cerveteri,
I’m standing, quiet
and still,
inside a tumulus
covered in grasses
and wild flowers.
the bus
has broken down,
I’m walking back
to ladispoli,
in the distance
a bird flock swarms
in folds & turns,
in geometric patterns
like a screen saver.
swift evening rain
coming across
from the coast.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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