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NaPoWriMo2020 – Day 7: La Dolce Vita

“Today our prompt (optional, of course) is another oldie-but-goodie: a poem based on a news article.”

I searched the news all day yesterday and sadly other than Corona I couldn’t find any. So I finally did write a poem which is the result of Corona. It breaks my heart that 5 years’ ago, exactly on this day, we were there and the town was thriving with life

Coronavirus has transformed Italy’s Amalfi Coast from a tourist hotspot to a virtual ghost town (ABC news dated 12th March)


The coast of Amalfi lies deserted-

Positano, Ravello, Vettica Maggiore*

The terraced gardens look forlorn

As do the corked bottles of limoncello**

Standing on the restaurant window shelves

That yellow liqueur made of sfusato amalfitano***

no longer holds a spell-

The streets of Amalfi are empty

Their sorbet-colored homes standing precariously

On sea-side cliffs look on unhappily

At the abandoned beach of Fornillo****

Gone are the umbrellas and Mr. Ripley inspired bikinis

uomini Italini disoccupati***** now bathe in the sun

No muse for the painter’s brush and the writer’s pen

Their blank bambagina****** tells the story-

Of the ghost-town of Amalfi

where once they came searching- ‘la dolce vita’*******

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About 5 million people visit Italy’s Amalfi Coast every year, but 2020’s peak tourism season could look very different. ABC news


*Positano, Ravello, Vettica Magiorre – towns along the Amalfi coast

**limoncello – drink made of lemon and vodka

***sfusato amafino – lemons

****Fornillo – a beach in Positano

******uomini Italiani disoccupate – unemployed Italian men

*****bambagina – hand-made paper

******la dolce vita – the sweet life

P.C. From the News

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7 Comments »

  1. This is sad but true. On the bright side, though, everything ends sometime and this will too. During times of adversity, mankind makes great leaps forward in writing and technology. Think of the books about war experiences and things like the radar that were invented during war times.

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