Oh La Luna! (For Gina)

Walking back
after midnight
on this Lampadusian*
night of nights
Sicily somewhere
on the right
the coast of Africa
on the other

not so far away.
We appear
to have lost
the moon.
How careless
of us.
But it either
can’t find us

or us
it.
Then, almost home
we almost swoon
there
there the moon
full & luminous
fallen down behind
some broken down houses
showing itself
naked as a lover would.

by Dónall Dempsey

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