Summertime (and the livin’ is easy)

A detail of a tapestry by Cristina Ortolani, inspired by Fabio Tombari’s short stories I Mesi (The Months).

St. John’s Eagle
On June 24th
Rites of ancient solar cults.

Witches dance
Over cross-roads at night
Vanishing at dawn

When the fire ball, the Sun,
Purifies worn-out thoughts
Spinning inside
The inward glittering eye.

Hot mist around
Lazy Locusts
Drawing their creaking,

A chant reassuring:
Summer has come again.

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