By Franco Beltrametti

translated by Stefan Hyner

Behind the village
   garden of paradise
        metal bucket painted in blue
              for the water from the well
white wall    garden with tomatoes and vegetables
  bower with the last yellow leaves of the grape
     the entire afternoon
          reading under a blanket
stormy wind outside swirls up the leaves
   Jacques is cooking tonight
      i pick up the Retsina now
10 minutes down the road
  to the shop of Alla Marina
     where the wind blows
        even colder
           even stronger