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May 2015
few tourists
on this september afternoon

the sun warms
   without sound

the langobard museum
    is closed

next to it
a noisy little waterfall
   flows undisturbed

a boy
keeps flipping flat pebbles
   across the quiet water
   down from the fall

for a few hours
   the past  
   remains victorious
in the clash of centuries

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Cividale is another lovely old town in the northeast of Italy. See
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cividale_del_Friuli
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombards
Walter W Hoelbling
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Walter W Hoelbling  Austria & Spain & UK & US
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