Day 16 & Thursday Doors, 16/4/20: Via Larga, Viterbo

I cannot get over the last normal day. I was discovering amazing Viterbo and its many doors for the first time. Here are some of them and a poem about its happiest street.











Prompt 16: “Today we challenge you to write a poem of over-the-top compliments. Pick a person, place, or thing you love, and praise it in the most effusive way you can.” 

Well, I could have gone more over the top but I wished to keep it real, as I do. This is the last town I visited almost two months ago, Viterbo in Lazio, and one of its tiny streets with the large name that you probably wouldn’t even notice. Flavia and I did.

Via Larga

I love you, Via Larga.
I love the entire Viterbo around you,
but I love you the most.
You are large by name but really tiny,
rich in colours
but fully unremarkable,
with a door at the end
that made me grin
like a Gypsy at white bread
and feel that I was in the right place
with the right person
who became giddier
and chattier in you too,
Via Larga,
although we had already been in excellent mood.
We agreed that you were something else,
that others could have
Via del Tritone,
Las Ramblas,

but we would always have you,
that door with the gelato,
a bunch of goofy photos
and even a video
since she didn’t notice
that the recording had started.
You took us in like sisters,
Via Larga.
You were born for us
and we were reborn in you.
We looked at you as if you were Goddess,
she up above at the windows,
I dead ahead at the doors,
and we were happy
and didn’t need
anything other than that it would last.
And then it didn’t.

For Day 16 of NaPoWriMo 2020


for Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge

51 thoughts on “Day 16 & Thursday Doors, 16/4/20: Via Larga, Viterbo

  1. Omg, you and your doors! There is something extremely sweet about it, you just love them, you are fond of doors🤣
    By the way I agree on the fact that this street was really something, coloured, old fashioned, peaceful and very peculiar 💪😊

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      1. To tell you the truth I also thought crazy, but do you know that say… only a fool can recognize another one! 💪😅👯‍♂️ I know I will always be in good company with you, this is why we have so much fun❤️🤣

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  2. Most atmospheric doors, great poem…a bit of sorrow with
    “and we were happy
and didn’t need
anything other than that it would last.
And then it didn’t.”

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  3. “And then it didn’t.” 😢 This last line in your poem closes like a cellar door–it’s a little heartbreak, right there. Beautiful Thursday doors, as always–and what amazing colors on Via Larga.😍

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  4. Your poem and photos brought this simple street to life for all of us 🙂

    How is belle Italy doing these days? With the virus firmly entrenched in Canada now, we no longer hear news about Italy and the rest of the world. Are you nudging closer to returning to some semblance of normalcy soon?

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  5. The Marcucci door appeals to me so much, but I do love the winner door. And I love the woman in green in front of the door. The best thing about this post was the sunshine and exploration it offered me, while I sit at home in the rain. I did need to take a trip out this morning. Thank you for that.

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