The Leaning Tower of Pisa

From the forthcoming Fall of America Journals, a quiet moment, Allen Ginsberg in Italy, musing and notating outside the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa 

The Leaning Tower

of Pisa’s nine marble stories/in sunset in white stone in

a field of green/grass surrounded by Sunday families./1967 A.D,

still stands while I sit/ crosslegged smoking & laughing &

soldiers sing, phantoms of the hilarious legions/trooping up

and down the circular stairs/ and traipsing dizzily around

tiny balconies/ slant spiral since thirteenth century,/surveying

restaurants & Baptistry of Duomo/ and angular streets’ rhomboidal

houses – white white, white six floors of columned/ archways

emblemed with carved diamonds/ & Corinthian flowers slowly charming

grey clouds by their odd lean, tipped over pink tile/ roofs

on the floor of the empty blue sky.

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