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Short poem

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1949-)

Sherbourne Morning

              1I begin to understand the old men, parked on benches
              2smoking a bit of July, waiting for the early
              3bottle; the large tears of the passers-by, wrapped
              4in white cotton, the world bandaged at 7 AM;
              5                when the day goes old, they lean over
              6and nod into their arms, lovers, one-time carriers
              7of their separate hearts; their wives, their children
              8are glass partitions through which they see themselves
              9crying. Love them, or better yet, imagine a world
            10without a footstool for the creased and lame; imagine how that
            11sun above them spins halos for angels gone berzerk.


1] Sherbourne: a somewhat run-down north-south street in downtown Toronto's business district.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright Pier Giorgio Di Cicco 1979
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, The Tough Romance (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1979): 62. PS 8557 I35T68 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1979
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10

Rhyme: unrhyming

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