Snap Shots

Snap Shots

I desire to see the world

            to wander in wonder

            to know

why father left for foreign shores

the familiarity of hometown

            of house, of people

            brings the cross of boredom

yet       I [fear]

I fear the unknown howls, cries, I misdirect

the knowing   a marathon runners trial

I sprint

disregarding the ugliness

eyes fixed on the holy horizon

like a horse with blinders

for       to look aside    brings pointless pain

I am only        a helpless—    one

the mechanisms of wander I choose            shine

velvet, lace, polished brass   the beauty of Victoriana

I protectively select   glass-topped trains   

spit shined boats        full of similar learned souls

I court             dilettantes discussing Proust

for I [fear]

the anger of the down-trodden

though I would never say “Let them eat cake.”

many have & still continue to

detritus floats on the Nile     in the Poseidon’s sea,

            on Moses’ mountaintop

millions of humans grovel in poison

Mother Earth can no longer purify the waste

the beauty here          a mirror glazed          a fantasy

on a picture postcards of the past

Have’s fear the have-nots

I stay above the fray dreaming       

caterpillars become butterflies

father smiles knowingly


Deborah Guzzi

Deborah Guzzi writes internationally. Her poetry appears in Allegro, Shooter, Amethyst & Foxglove Journal in the UK - Blue Nib &Automatic Pilot, Ireland - Existere, Ekphrastic Review, Scarlet Leaf & Subterranean Blue, Canada - Tincture, Vine Leaves & Ariel Chart - Australia, mgv2>publishing- France, Cha - Hong Kong - Greece - pioneertown, Sounding Review, Bacopa Literary Review, The Aurorean, Liquid Imagination & others in the USA. Deborah was nominated for the Pushcart Award & Rhysling Awards.  


  1. Enjoy the experimental structure. We need more of this type of work.

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