No. 5 :>)

The hills of Anacapri

The world may hold much higher hills than these
above Capri, quite modest in their heights,
not looming over close Tyrrhenian seas
but leaning, taking in the sloping sights
of whitewashed homes on peaceful little lanes
and veggie gardens in their leafy lines
and shops for cheeses, olives, gathered grains
for fresh-baked breads, and jars of sun-washed wines;
yes, something more than majesty is here
amidst the cliffs and stones and tropic plants,
the calls of gulls and goats that soothe the ear
together with the monastery chants
it is the spirit, kind and full of mirth,
such happiness on this Campanian earth.

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Written on 2019-01-28 at 19:44

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Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
Tommo tips his hat, even genuflects, to all at Coo & Co. This is beyond a finely wrought sonnet; this is poetry.

"Not looming over close Tyrrhenian seas" sounds like Keats. "Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night." The ease of the metre throughout is unfaltering: "of whitewashed homes on peaceful little lanes."

I love "veggie"! Reminds us we're in the here and now!

Yes. Something more than majesty is here. Lovely. Delightful. My adjectives are shopworn; the poem is as bright and fresh as an Italian springtime.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
What a pleasing, gentle poem to read. Thank you for giving me a morning-smile.

Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
This is so lovely. I love its sooth rhythm and beautiful imagery.

You have made me want to be there, delightful.

Love this sonnet, the rhythm and cadence of it.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Sounds delightful. Delightful sounds.