Sprig of Silver Wattle

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Loula S. Rodopoulos

Fur encumbered women swing designer label bags
hold sprigs of silver wattle push into Caffé on Condotti
walls lined with burgundy damask wallpaper
settle at marble topped tables seated under ornate gilded mirrors and
framed memorabilia – Goethe Stendhal Milosz Liszt Keats Shelley Byron
heavy curtains cocoon grey suited man who fondles his young blonde lover
the resident artist Baccellieri sits alongside the espresso machine winks at the couple
he wears silver glasses shabby hat and a thick woolen coat draped with a long red scarf
he whips streaks of paint across three small canvasses depicts ornately dressed
patrons of an earlier era faces smudge figures highlighted in black
he pushes his brushes aside removes his hat leans back on his chair
an elongated El Greco like image reflected on the silver espresso machine
amidst coffee cup clatter a waiter pauses to admire barista beckoned familiar chatter
beans scooped pressed into filter inserted with a twist steamy brew drips milk
frothed cinnamon sprinkled cosseted women savour cream cakes
i catch Baccellieri’s eye Are you selling? he smiles proffers a pictorial biography
frames each canvas in turn with his hands pronounces Impressionistic!
gifts me a sprig of silver wattle

Loula S. Rodopoulos
Antico Caffé Greco (Roma, 1760 AD)
Piazza di Spanga Rome 00187 Roma, Italia
International Women’s Day 08/03/08

Traditionally a sprig of yellow silver wattle/mimosa is gifted in celebration.

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