From a Balcony
Versus hacked email backslash failed bancomats
(electronic gremlins in the works
or worse, what makes edgy neurotics
of us all) this therapeutic paean:
How those slow low-floating aerostats
of cumulus maintain due distance;
a breeze proceeding without hindrance;
the blue pitched serene, sunblent, perfect,
neither glitch nor issue to inflict.
Loosely based on Martial, Book VI, 43
While you whoop it up Saint Tropez,
Baia or the Maldives, give me any day
the languor of this eighth floor stay-
cation back in Rome. (Not needing to pay
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