Italian cities are women

by Ramunė Brundzaitė

Italian cities are women

All Italian cities are feminine – this is grammar’s decree

the peninsula-boot taps its high heel and agrees


cities – mothers rock their daughter, civilization

cities – lovers sunbathe, leaning their pretty legs on the Apennines

cities – wives clatter pots in the kitchen, rub basil, gently slice

the mozzarella, boiling pasta

cities – sisters wait for brothers, trying to out-scream the Sirens

cities – beloveds

cities – daughters

cities – orphaned girls

cities – abandoned women:

Roma, Genova, Firenze, Venezia, Udine,

Bologna, Pisa, Milano, Verona, Ravenna


Italian cities are women

Italian women are cities

Translated by Rimas Uzgiris