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Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1949-)


              1A note of thanks to you when
              2all is said and done, for the little cowboy,
              3for the sonata, for the now and again
              4shimmer of sun that reinstitutes, reinvests.
              5A note for the surprises I ask you to safeguard from me
              6lest I marry them to my grief.
              7Take care of me in my blindness.
              8Teach me to say a prayer when I am out of words.
              9Remind me that hope outlives the flesh.

            10Give me that happiness I said would straighten me out.
            11And if I have already had it, forgive me.
            12I offer you these moments here in front of me
            13where I am less beleaguered than I was --
            14moments you gave to me. I am through being fed up
            15with returning your gifts. I give you back everything
            16you gave with the incarnate music you wanted
            17wrapped around it.
            18What you want with such music is beyond me,
            19the lace of tears, the jewelled warbling,
            20the hurts hosannaed on a moonlit
            21night of stars,
            22the scream at death, beaten into faith so simple
            23it wound around a girl's head like a ribbon.

            24I admit finally, my footsteps are not my own.
            25I surrender, as I did to all great things, to the plausible
            26fabrication of your hand.
            27I dream of little cowboys, many of them,
            28all happy to find a campfire at night with the increased
            29consolation of your voice in wind and whippoorwill.

            30I will walk today into the empty sojourn
            31of my life and look forward to the nearest stream
            32and that nocturnal conversation between us
            33where I offer you my tears
            34and you will raise them like a river between
            35stars and stars.
            36There's not much more this heart would
            37care to divine.
            38This note of thanks I place somewhere at your feet,
            39a man on the planet.


1] Imbiancato: 'whitened' (Italian).

2] Cf. Cicco's poem, "Cowboy on Horse in Desert."

29] whippoorwill: bird, the noctural goatsucker, common in northeastern America.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright Pier Giorgio Di Cicco 2002
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, The Honeymoon Wilderness (Toronto: The Manfield Press, 2002): 115-16.
First publication date: 2002
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10

Rhyme: unrhyming

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