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Poetry: “Venice Yes”

If The Dead Had Email

By Jim Smith, from “If The Dead Had Email”

Yes! Venice is a beach town
Not a highfalutin suit-and-tie town

The waves come and go ‘cause they’re free,
and, yes indeed, so are we.

Yes! It’s a pleasure to live by the ocean blue
but that don’t mean you can’t come too.

Our friends drop by when they please
there’s no need to R-S-V-P

Yes! come on down and you shall see
Venice, the greatest place there’ll ever be

It’s goin’ on now, and 24/7
in our little piece of heaven

Yes! We’ll make new friends every single day
if we just loosen up and share the right-of-way

Dear neighbors don’t hide behind fences ever so high
Don’t drive away Venetians and visitors between 2 and five.

Yes! So visit often and bring your board, or kids,
a picnic lunch, your drum, and a little fizz

Come escape that summer nighttime inner-city heat
Swing shift workers head for the beach, what a treat

Yes! Watch that Moon over Venice sink into the sea
Sit on the sand while the stars shine oh so bright, whoopee!

Come one, come all, rich and poor, beautiful people of the rainbow,
LBGT and otherly abled, come see Venice before it’s just a fable

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Categories: Culture, Poetry, Venice

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