On contemplating Francesco Porzio’s Monumento alla difesa di Casale, 1897 – Bronze of a young female warrior in Lombard costume.
forwards she directs her gaze
Warm soft worn
False ones will not bear witness
She dare not care
Onward she must move
Straight. Proud. Grounded.
There is no bowing to grovelers
Swift. Measured. Full of mercy.
At these crossroads she is tested
Her best parts shielded
The time for tolerance has passed
When darkness ceases
She will warm and blossom once again
She will look to new love
She will embrace old friends