Cittá ideale
, reached
from a guide book’s footnote,
two trains and a lazy bus
way beyond Mantua,
trusting in timetables.

Hazy light of harvest
spreading its gritty dust.
Levelled fields Virgil
would recognise; the order
of gridded streets.

Plum tomatoes, lorry-loads,
a trail of rich-red ripeness,
the day’s work done.
Who wouldn’t want to live there?

D A Prince

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