• A Garland of Light

    Garrett Hongo

    Summer 2019

    I had taken a long walk from my hotel near the Colosseum,
    past the antique earth colors of ruins at the Forum,
    down busy, traffic-laden streets to the Trevi Fountain,
    its lip ringed with throngs of tourists snapping selfies—
    a father bending to the waters and cupping his hands
    to offer his toddler son a cool drink amidst the glister,
    sculptures of the gods serene but spouting an abundance
    that lapped gorgeously over carved stone to the brilliant,
    pooling fan that made this upwelling a semicircle of the bucolic.
    I moved through to a kind of winding approach to the Steps
    and descended, picking through the patches of crowds
    huddled in an angling shade cast by the Keats-Shelley House.

    Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai’i and grew up in Los Angeles. His latest books are The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays and Coral Road: Poems. He teaches at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  

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