A Weekend in Rome

Cigarette smoke curling through air
Narrow streets and towering buildings
Row upon row of wooden shutters
Uneven stone cobbles glued with confetti

Ancient brickwork slathered with modern graffiti
Pure white marble slick with rain
Nuns on the metro, wimples trailing on the floor

Beggars and locals, tourists and pickpockets
Female polizi on the prowl and counterfeit handbag sellers on the run
Homeless filling the pavements outside train stations

Motorbikes, red and gleaming, beaded with rain
Painfully slow walkers and recklessly fast drivers
The agitated swearing of car horns
Fried food and cigarettes mixed with the fluid babble of Italian

Rome is a city of ancient architecture and pagan gods
In the modern city that is the center of Christianity


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