VENICE :: mazes and masks

We sailed into the city of masks
Under darkness and cold stars
In silence steeped in history
We made our way in mystery

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Past alleyways which swept our shoulders
On cobblestoned roads of tiny boulders
Over intricate bridges and webs of canals
An expansive square greets our eyes now.

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Every corner is a new sight
A square, a bridge, a hidden delight
As gondolas slip through silently
My soul is at peace, finally.

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Venezia, your streets are a maze
I could wander your alleys for days
I would sail your watery streets
And walk on stones above the sea.

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I know that you have captured hearts
Or philosophers and artists far
From your laneways and your shores
And I am naught but just one more.

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But I will never forget the fire
That kindled in my heart desire
To spend my days in your embrace
And memorise every alleyway.

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When I look upon your narrow streams
Lined with flooded steps and deemed
A sinking place of forgotten times
I know that those are all just lies.

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For I see flowers splashing colour
Buildings aged look not duller
But gleam with proud and willful spirit
And every bridge has secrets whispered.

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Your churches stand on ocean waves
And of your heart the poets rave
The square that dwarfs the mightiest men
Is as magnificent now as it was then.

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But soon I will be forced to leave
To follow the road where it may lead
To glide away and watch you fade
Over the horizon, into the haze.

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That will not be the end of me,
For you and I are bound by destiny
So long as ships sail into your piers
It is certain I will again be here.

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[Written on 28/7/16, in a café by the Rialto Bridge]

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