Times of simple joy and deep despair.
Days of poverty and wintry wealth.
Robust wine sprayed with seltzer water.
Plain pasta with fagioli and parsley.
A piece of veal, fresh cheese, a slice of fruit
warm home made bread.
Young children scrawny and sunless pale
Suffering a battle with writhing worms.
They inhale cloves of garlic to extract
them, chocking as the worms slither out.
Laundry days at the nearby sweet ravine.
Moms squatting skillfully to wash linen sheets
Children bent to wash embroidered hankies,
Scrubbing the old white cloth with gray ash.
© Natala Orobello