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Day 1: Rome

#Haiku Happenings #5: fleur beaupert’s latest #tankaprose!


One of my favourite photos from a trip to Rome in 2013. It was mid-year and sizzling hot. I stayed in an apartment near Campo de’ Fiori. This was the view from the window: the opening frame for my stay, inside which the others nest:

Rome as apricot
wall – cautious retro morning
loosens cobblestones
A story-shook tourist mouths
terracotta sentences

I arrived after midnight one night and woke slowly, bleary-eyed, into a morning that felt lost. I got showered and dressed, physically ready to head out into Day 1 in the true city of love (seeing as Roma backwards is Spanish for love!). But mentally I was nervous, apprehensive about confronting this mythical destination in the flesh.

My breakfast plans were put on hold when I got trapped inside for an hour because I couldn’t open the door. The key wouldn’t work, the handle came loose and fell onto…

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