Italian pop-opera ballads at high volume
Spirals of pasta smothered in olive oil and garlic vegetables
Real Parmesan cheese and homemade ricotta
A single glass of red wine in an empty Nutella jar
Pen and paper, Thomas Merton, e.e. cummings and Nikki Giovanni to keep me company
on this rainy evening.
Tonight, I am going to bed early, after poetry,
to listen to the storm batter the tiled roofs
and the potent jasmine trees.