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Off season in Gallipoli

	Off Season in Gallipoli

		April’s bus from Lecce unloads
		at the fabled fish market. It’s closed.
		The only hint of June’s full fare
		is one slight stall. No one lunching there.
		The streets are open; we stroll at will
		by a weathered or a white-washed wall.

		Look at the moored boats. The slips are full.
		No one paints or mends a sail.
		Not one child with shovel and pail						
		works the beach. One man and his bull
		dog play a game of pitch and fetch.
		Cameras out; this is the daily catch!

		The mercato. Shop? No dice! 
		but its facilities have no line,
		leaving time to lick Italian ice
		or to enjoy the local wine
		and for the uncluttered spell to weave
		until it’s time to leave.



Copyright © Bill Keen | Year Posted 2019


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