Rooftop: il Duomo di Milano
       
     
Flame: il Duomo di Milano
       
     
Azur: Promenade de Anglais
       
     
Matisse: Cemenelum, Cimiez
       
     
Above: Monterosso al Mare
       
     
Morning: Corniglia
       
     
Rosé: Promenade de Anglais
       
     
Stones: Promenade de Anglais
       
     
Radiance: il Duomo di Milano
       
     
Ancients: Cemenelum, Cimiez
       
     
Gigante: Monterosso al Mare
       
     
Reflections: Place Masséna
       
     
Breakwater: Riomaggiore
       
     
Skyline: Piazzale Michelangelo
       
     
Pathway: Corniglia
       
     
Downward: Manarola
       
     
Candles: Vieille Ville
       
     
Harbor: Vernazza
       
     
Rise: Corniglia
       
     
Tranquil: Giardino di Boboli
       
     
Rooftop: il Duomo di Milano
       
     
Rooftop: il Duomo di Milano

Up the stairs I went, drunk on wine
the adrenaline balanced me
a grand Gothic cathedral
with spires that pierced the clouds

On the roof I lay
watching the clouds float on
the spires, fortress walls
blocking out the modern world

 

Flame: il Duomo di Milano
       
     
Flame: il Duomo di Milano

A dark interior welcomed me
massive columns towered, dwarfing all
stained glass illuminates stories past
the candle offerings, an eternal flame

Azur: Promenade de Anglais
       
     
Azur: Promenade de Anglais

Weather beaten, the rocky cliffs
gouged by wind and storms past
calm today, the turquoise sea
a Riviera view to surely last

Matisse: Cemenelum, Cimiez
       
     
Matisse: Cemenelum, Cimiez

On the hill of Cimiez, an ancient city
Villa des Arenas, now Musee Matisse
vibrant colors of outside walls
echo the artistic soul within

Above: Monterosso al Mare
       
     
Above: Monterosso al Mare

Two paths, one much too traveled
follow the less known, up the hill I went
these guardians of the graves
rest high above the sea

Morning: Corniglia
       
     
Morning: Corniglia

Before day heat, before clouds cleard
the shadows and the blowing wind
fresh with the smell of sea
brought forth by crisp morning air

Rosé: Promenade de Anglais
       
     
Rosé: Promenade de Anglais

Along the Promenade of the English
rosé is sipped in the sun
always accompanied by the view
the turquoise sea contrasts

Stones: Promenade de Anglais
       
     
Stones: Promenade de Anglais

A mix of grey sky and stone
along the shore, Côte d’ Azur
the blue beyond, crashing to white
chills from wind to end the day

Radiance: il Duomo di Milano
       
     
Radiance: il Duomo di Milano

Through the darkness came the sun
lighting the way up above
a ray of warmth and comfort
provides shelter for the soul

Ancients: Cemenelum, Cimiez
       
     
Ancients: Cemenelum, Cimiez

An ancient city lost with Rome
the heart and center of Gual
city walls of crumbled stone
once protector, before the fall

The cross appeared in the sky
as Constantine road toward the fight
from many gods, down to one
the Emperor ensured future plight

Gigante: Monterosso al Mare
       
     
Gigante: Monterosso al Mare

A giant hidden among the cliffs
wildflowers spread along the drift
the azzuro sea and matching sky
compliment cliffs with yellow gifts

His stone gaze never sways
waves below in persistent strife
a guardian of the ages pays
the ultimate price of weathered life

Reflections: Place Masséna
       
     
Reflections: Place Masséna

Clouds above, clouds below
a man he stands to capture both
but instead, caught in time
the spray of mist falls from sky

Breakwater: Riomaggiore
       
     
Breakwater: Riomaggiore

This lonely boat rocked about
saved only by a feat untold
frothy white from constant crash
the little boat, built to last

Skyline: Piazzale Michelangelo
       
     
Skyline: Piazzale Michelangelo

The Arno glistens from lit night
once Sun has faded, rise Moon bright
this city waken the Renaissance
my heart belongs with Florence

Pathway: Corniglia
       
     
Pathway: Corniglia

This path laid out before me
covered in the shade
a doorway to another world
drawn in by piercing light

Downward: Manarola
       
     
Downward: Manarola

Perched high above the town
waves crashing down below
this vista sees so far and wide
up above little Manarola

Candles: Vieille Ville
       
     
Candles: Vieille Ville

A procession came bearing cross
Good Friday lighting path
a spectacle, a hundred flames
illuminate the street Rue Rossetti

Harbor: Vernazza
       
     
Harbor: Vernazza

Little sleepy Vernazza village
bustles loud, dawn till dusk
fresh fish for all abound
whether feast or simple treat

Rise: Corniglia
       
     
Rise: Corniglia

Light of dawn shinning through
gleaming scattered clouds above
warm Corniglia on the cliffs
lit up like a pastel Christmas Tree

Tranquil: Giardino di Boboli
       
     
Tranquil: Giardino di Boboli

A peaceful garden from time ago
protectors built from stone
they lead the way for the soul
to rest among the ancient old

A Renaissance garden built long ago
for local royalty to roam
now shared for all the commons
the shade of all the trees