Wednesday, July 19, 2023



where is your church?
mine is the medieval hill towns
of Pienza and Montepulciano
along the quiet dusky
cobbled paths on the limestone ridge
tasting its namesake wines
in amazement
looking up to the risky parapets
the muted bell towers at times
still heralding the misery
and the joy from here
to Montalcino
my church catches the sunset
and the shadows
through the stone gate
at Monteriggioni
and cools the Tuscan piazza
below the city walls
it is a museum
where paintings of Caravaggio and
Michelangelo hang frozen in Florentine time
forever at home with the Medicis
so near Savonarola’s bonfire of the arts
and then of his own flesh
mine is where souls meet
and knowing
I can feel
see or hear
true genius
or in the unlikely reconciliation of adversaries
where making one of opposites
light and dark
hate and love
death and life
brings tears to my eyes
Barry DeCarli
July 10, 2015 & September 2, 2016
On Hammond Pond
©Barry DeCarli
My 2011 photo from Monteriggioni