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Geo went into the bedroom and pushed the lump of fabric on the bed. When he did this, it rolled over and groaned loudly. It was 11:30 on a Thursday morning. "Wake up Matt, wake up now! We need to talk," Geo said sternly. A head emerged from the bundle, groaned again and mumbled something indistinguishable, then laid down again.
It was lightly raining and Geo had been working on some drawings when there was a quiet knocking at the door. The property owner, Mr. Gui, had come to explain that no one had paid last month's rent and that it would need to be paid before he left. Mr. Gui owned the whole building and ran a tea house down stairs. Geo and Matt switched off paying the rent each month and it had been Matt's turn last month. However, Matt always was between jobs, so he never carried his share of the costs. This time it was different. Geo had just gotten a new job at a prestigious advertising firm, Flynn Marketing, and would be starting his new job within the week. H
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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