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Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1949-)

The Exile


              1It is the place I return to.
              2Lying awake nights I imagine
              3the wind just back from the cypress trees
              4brushing me lightly as I
              5step from the house;

              6in the garden the leaves are speaking of
              7roads that empty into stillness.

              8July; each star wants us to see through it
              9& find the universe.

            10I will walk up the road behind the house
            11& think of a young boy running in & out
            12through the doors of darkness, calling his
            13friends by name; his friends call back, leaping
            14into the tall grass to meet him.

            15I return to the house. From a window, a woman
            16shouts for the boy to come in.

            17I feel sorry for her
            18like the fool that I am,
            19like the man I will never be.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright Pier Giorgio Di Cicco 2001
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Living in Paradise: New and Selected Poems (Toronto: Manfield Press, 2001): 1.
First publication date: 1977
Publication date note: The Sad Facts (1977)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10

Rhyme: unrhyming


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