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Years ago,
you  planted a wild lilac bush
in front of my window.

You probably hadn’t planned it though.
You simply brought home a bouquet
of bright, blazing purple flowers for mum.
Then the wind carried their seeds
down to my garden
and brightened my view
for every May to follow.

Its fiery fuchsia
mixed with lush green leaves
never ceases to remind me of the coming of summer.
The tantalizing scent
fills my nostrils
and plants a smile on my lips
as I remember your unexpected, annual spring bouquets
and your joyous smiles when you brought them in.

Years ago,
you planted a wild lilac bush
just outside my window.
Now that you’re gone
every wild lilac bush I see
still reminds me of your well-worn wrinkles
and never-ending, gentle smiles
for every May to follow.



The most impeccable number
in all this equation mumbo-jumbo
is a sweet and simple seven.

Indeed, she is mighty magical and fine
a perfect, easy, early prime

It’s multiplies: fourteen for cupid
and all the lovers, twenty-one
brings freedom to the young

and twenty-eight – four weeks, four times seven
the shortest month of the year
three times out of four

four is only slightly more
than half of seven
half way up to heaven

or maybe adding up to seven/eleven?
Equaling seventy-seven!
Oh, the bliss, the clarity the power of seven!

It’s so easy being in seventh heaven
though, eventually, it’s time
to end it with this fine prime


Things I like

I like gelato
deliciously cold
in varying flavors
from fresh, inspiring lemon lime
to deep, rich, luxurious dark chocolate
topped off with chewy brownie bits

or cornetto crema
the sugary, doughy crust
crackling between teeth
filling my mouth with soft vanilla
capsuled in perfect breakfast size
usually enjoyed with latte or cappuccino

I like antipasto
grilled artichokes, mixed with eggplants
hot peppers in olive oil and garlic
freshly baked bread, still warm from the oven
sprinkled with oregano and basil
and finished off with cool, white wine

and spaghetti
rigatoni, tortellini, tagliatelle
with fruity, blood-red tomato sauce
or spicy sugo all’arrabiata
filled with ricotta e spinachi
or simply as a side dish
to chicken pomodore e formaggi

but, most of all, I enjoy
indulging in dulce
panna cotta, tartufo e tiramisu
creamy, sweet, endorphine-loaded
worth every single sinful second
                     life is short after all –
always eat dessert first!