John Grey ~ Speeding Through Italy

Down the autostrada,
tunnel after tunnel,
foot to the floor,
dark, light, dark, light…
land of Titian, Botticelli,
not forgetting Boccaccio’s ribald tales
and De Sica’s compassion,
and Nero, Claudius,
all manner of Caesars,
Borgias, Medicis,
and for every Mussolini,
five Dantes, eleven Sophia Lorens…
yet I drive so fast,
leather and chrome,
wind in my hair, my eyes,
no art and history worth a damn…
I have to be some place
(don’t we all)
and only the road,
not the implications,
can get me there…
close to my destination,
cheek myself in the rear view mirror,
I’m all there is…
here at last.


John Grey is an Australian poet and US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Perceptions and Sanskrit with work upcoming in South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Owen Wister Review and Louisiana Literature.

safari in Italy


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