Capri (1890)

After the painting by Theodore Robinson

Two priests, on the narrow path to heaven,

pass a balcony brimming with clementine.

Like crows, they glance up, and see a woman

with red hair, sipping a glass of Gragnano.

She smiles and tells them there is more

than one way to the top of the mountain.

Ahead, they can see bleached plaster walls,

the brilliant white light of the houses,

and the Bar Alfredo, that stands, teetering

on the brink like a drunk fisherman back from

the catch of a lifetime. Beyond is the place

where brick gives way to rock, and where

shadows give way to light; the crags on the

grassy slopes that we must all, one day, climb.