Boutique shops with high end names,
Louis Vuitton, Ferrari, Prada
Create a realistic drama to act out fantasies
Of privilege and wealth.
Statue steps where vagrants sleep
Between the crowds, as shopping-sheep
Graze between sellers of tourist tat.
Pearlescent Duomo in the sun,
Uniformed soldiers with hand-guns –
State-sponsored religion for the pilgrim
As beggars ply their trade outside.
Dichotomy of rich and poor
Delusions of a past grandeur,
A Pieta and Last Supper city
Haughty shopkeepers far too busy
To look you in the eye.
Copyright wordz2Go 1June 2014