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Scarborough Castle


published in The North, Vol. 39




One day

it will happen

—that Italian feast in the garden:


long tables

under pergolas

clustered with grapes;


pasta, vino, dancing

and music— oh yes— definitely music;

Gigli, Pavarotti and Sinatra, capisce?


But most importantly, among the guest list, you.


And when the stragglers

are laughing down the lanes

to their taxis and cars,


we’ll sit

by the little gnarled apple tree

as thudding moths shake the lanterns,


and I’ll thank you, then,

with the backing of the open heavens

in the light of the last star.   


Michael di Placido


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