saw the coliseum today

by blake ellington larson

rainy long lines and japanese tour groups sprouted umbrellas over feral cats and humming police sirens

took a walking tour where blah blah this is that and blah blah this was that and this wasn’t really that ’cause this was really that

and blah blah as the rain poured and more umbrellas and ferrel cats and police sirens stirred

and oh how napoleon did this but mousollini did this and if you look over here where napoleon did this but the romans did that and mousollini was just a little bit too late

because blah blah this and blah blah that

and then we saw the palatine hill where this housed that and the church did this and the church did that

and it rained some more and more japanese tour groups grew umbrellas out of their digital camera heads

and feral cats ran in circles while police sirens and rain and snapping flashes filled the empty spaces where buildings used to stand

where people used to worship pagan this and pagan that and the churches meant this and the earthquakes did that

where old ruins used to stand and fall where this was here and that was there and this meant that and that meant this

and the puddles got bigger and the rain came and went

and more japanese tour groups started sprouting out of the puddles with digital flashes and digital umbrellas

and digital tour guides filled up the space where churches and pagan gods and monuments and romans used to stand under the rain that came and went like the feral cats and police sirens and the buildings and the structures used to stand

because this is that and that was this

and at the end of the tour
we had an italian lunch
and sat in the sun
with our wine
and our cigarettes
and as the sun came out
rome was beautiful

(2004)

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