Since the Italian Girl Left
he sits alone—an empty city.
Her shawl, thrown on the chair becomes the balcony
where they made love.
Her smile lingers like a mirror, in every room.
Sorrow parades down his street.
His day, consumed with her dark hair.
Like a distant echo, he hears her favorite song.
At the door, her shoes, worn by love's obligations,
his shoes, worn from walking the halls of his grief,
wondering whether longing masquerades as truth.
He holds a long thread of silence, stacks his failures
in a corner so he can kill them off in orderly fashion.
Ray Cicetti is the author of "A Forest in His Pocket". His poems have been published in a variety of journals including, Tiferet, Exit 13, and Stillwater Review. Ray has also been a featured poet in various reading series. He currently lives in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey with his wife, Carolyn.