Caulonian Suite: I. Coppi in Cotto

Coppi in Cotto

Terracotta Roof Tiles with Lichen

Coppi in Cotto

Cat spelunks the canyon down
picking through lichen broidered tile.
My lover's hands diagram, inform:
           slab after slab of wet clay
           curved across the thigh to pave
           the high square meteres of the sparrows' way.

This mute arc reiterates the form
of what coulted femeur's slack desire?
Makers now in abandoned bone box stacked
Shout their names marked in black
at dull, dun, desanctified walls.

Amnesiac tiles cup together, deaf above
foxed timbers dressed in sixty years of lime.
They uphold each others' weight,

           Sweet compression.
           As distracted as August lovers
           (lost thigh to sweaty thigh)
           trying to topple not the slender wooden frame
           of a kitchen chair.

Busy, keeping the rain out.

poem and photo copyright Bonnie McClellan 2009
This is the first of a suite of 3 poems that treat 24 hours in Caulonia Superiore

~ by bonniemcclellan on March 12, 2013.

2 Responses to “Caulonian Suite: I. Coppi in Cotto”

  1. I shall be interested to read the suite as a whole. This first poem is intriguing – somewhat puzzling, but the lines drew me in and held me there.

    • Thank you for your response John, the place itself was both puzzling and intriguing for someone unused to a culture so different from my own. I hope you enjoy the others.

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