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A Hundred Gourds 5:3 June 2016

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Adelaide B. Shaw - USA


Romance in Venice


It is a chilly day in early October. Cloudy and threatening rain. Gondolas line the quays. Vaporettos churn the water. We take neither, but meander along the canals. Cross bridges. Palazzos and churches are mist hazy, hiding all but tall towers and spires. Late afternoon we return to St. Mark’s Square. Under the colonnade several cafes are open, waiters waiting.

wrap-around fog
swirling cognac
between sips


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