INVECTIVE AGAINST AUTUMNAL DISPLAYS IN SUMMER

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by Alex Valente

Original Italian by Alessandra Racca (1979-), from Bastarde Senza Gloria

Jackets in August
coloured, behind the glass
reminding me that soon
summer will be over

You’re so cute,
jackets,
so cruel

I hope a freak heatwave
cancels autumn, winter and your usefulness

that a car, madman at the wheel,
crashes into the display, running over mannequins and you
ruining you irreparably

if the world must end
may it happen before you are bought

that a rich Slav buys you all
and betrayed by the woman you were to be gifted
riddles you with a kalashnikov

know that
I will never want you:
I easily see that you are uncomfortable and too light
to ride my bike
in the autumn-winter of the city.

You’re cute
but you steal summer.

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