"An Imagist Poem for Francesco" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Painting by Gianpiero Actis

"Lawrence for Francesco: a dream", painting by Gianpiero Actis, Italy





The unfortunate sensation

of being hit  by a train

The sound of summer in the rain

A black cat called Nicolino

A house in a wood made of wood

A bird about to catch a fly

A fly about to die

A Magritte cloud

in a cloudless sky

A stream between two houses

A fish about to die of drink

A ship about to sink

A man without a nation

A train about to hit Francesco Conz

in a railway station

And the dark dawn

of American corporate fascism



by Lawrence Ferlinghetti