Dear friends of Gallery&Studio,
As we all gather our strength and inner resources during this most difficult period, we offer our good wishes to you and our hopes that all this will end soon. In the meantime, we have opened a section on our website called Art in Quarantine. It is a pop-up virtual gallery for those who wish to share their creative response to this catastrophe with others. Please feel free to submit an image, poem or video.      Jeannie McCormack

To quote Pete Seeger, “We shall overcome”

Poetry

Vicalvi is dying

Magpies break the news,

their song the only sound

until bells chime

from a church

with padlocked doors.

Vicalvi is dying.

Careworn medieval town

shelters its diagnosis

behind persimmon trees,

grape vines,

a castle crown.

Vicalvi is dying.

Realization slips in

like gray hair,

like crows’ feet.

Crumbling walls,

creeping vines,

feral cats.

Villagers turn their backs

as tourists pass.

Mother Mary watches

from her weathered shrine,

arms outstretched.

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