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CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE
Juanita

By Juanita Torrence-Thompson

Copyright 2000 by Juanita Torrence-Thompson
Originally published in the Monserrat Review

JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON is a poet/writer/speaker whose award-winning work appears in U.S. and Canadian journals and online. See her poetry and book information at:www.poetrytown.com and e-mail her comments. Barbara Hantman's review of Torrence-Thompson's CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE (Torderwarz Publishing Company): www.the pedestalmagazine.com/Secure/content/cb.asp?cbid=3588


Snapshots of a Venetian Summer

Sailing in the Santa Lucia to Venice,
ornate pastel buildings blow by.
Our tour guide's thick accent
is a cacophony of love-sick gulls.

Amazing horses and frisky dogs
in reds, blues, jade greens are created
by the skillful glass blower
in St. Marks' Square.

We ogle the majestic Doges Palace
and dizzying Bell Tower,
meander across Rialto Bridge
and the Grand Canal,
drinking in their ancient past
before popping into a small
jewelry shop which beckons.

We glide by in a gondola,
serenaded by a robust troubadour
while a beaming, agile accordionist
renders manna for the gods.
The sun is more luminous
than ten million stars;
the light zephyr soothes our senses.
We're in paradise, heaven until
a child tosses a Coca Cola bottle
into the Grand Canal. Kaplunk!



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