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Jack Gilbert - In Umbria

Once upon a time I was sitting outside the cafe
watching twilight in Umbria when a girl came
out of the bakery with the bread her mother wanted.
She did not know what to do. Already bewildered
by being thirteen and just that summer a woman,
she now had to walk past the American.
But she did fine. Went by and around the corner
with style, not noticing me. Almost perfect.
At the last instant could not resist darting a look
down at her new breasts. Often I go back
to that dip of her head when people talk
about this one or that one of the great beauties.

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Poet: Jack Gilbert
Poem: In Umbria
Volume: The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992
Year: Published/Written in 1994
Poem of the Day: Apr 22 2005

Comment 1 of 1, added on December 11th, 2005 at 11:28 AM.

I dont understand!!!

Jullisa from United States

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