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Lisa Marie Basile

Winter in the Valley

It is in Viganella
where the sun does not shine for
80 days, hiding in the Antrona Valley.
Crocifissa says red is the color of winter here.
Under il cielo every third new moon
right before November 11 when the sun goes to sleep,
the beasts writhe from their beds
to strip from their white gowns.

Ascolti! this place has become a vampire,
the heart of the valley weeping for the sun,
even the ghosts are meddling,
they are banging into dusk
hoping for the light.
God forgive us, they haunt,
il dio li perdona.