Sitting at the Bus Stop, Waiting for the Rain

March 8, 2013

Umbrella days.

A Sicilian face peering out from under a coppola.

A river of cars streaming past his eyes.

Angelus bells clanging.

But he sits calmly waiting for the bus.

A Sicilian Elder in a Coppola, copyright Jann Huizenga

Until the americana approaches.

“I have a cousin in Florida!” he says. “My name is Emanuele.”

His skin is cracked as a Sicilian riverbed in summer.

“Give my greetings to America.”

“OK!” I say, because I can think of nothing better. “Buona serata!”

Sicilian Elder with Coppola, copyright Jann Huizenga


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