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Giovanni Malito

polished wood
        with apparitions





early morning
stillness brimming the street -
New Year's Day





wide fields
basking in the sun
a lone hare jumps





midweek rain...
slicing away mold
from the bread





out of the scree
listening to water
arguing over stones





yellowed with pollen
and sun





silver web
in the morning light
and the spider?





lone horse
contemplating the sky -
the still pond





rainbows of lichen
and rings of pollen...
this rock, not so lonely





afternoon sun -
the butterfly landing
        on its own shadow





the eulogy -
his grandchildren
chasing white butterflies

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