No permit’s required

Illustration by Anya Lauri

No permit’s required
I realize
to capture moments
from my life
in words
to share with others
From a middle-aged
beginner poet:
some verses
for those who like
to laugh
or ponder
And everyone else
can go to hell

© Daniel Stephens, 2019

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Good news story

For Richard, who commented at EasyItalianNews.com
“How about at least one article with some news
that’s positive and uplifting? Grazie mille”

Illustration by Anya Lauri

Thanks to Europe’s internment camps in Libya
and to the efforts of the popularist / nationalist
Italian government coalition, this week
only insignificant numbers of migrants drowned
while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea

In another story, youth unemployment in Italy
is down to just 31.9%, from a 2014 peak of 43.3%
58.8% of all Italians are now in some form of employment
useful or otherwise

In politics, a further increase in IVA – a ‘value added tax’
on essentials like water and electricity –
which rose to 22% in 2013,
has not yet been confirmed for 2020

And now to the weather:
the Easter holiday weekend, which millions of Italian
spent at the coast or in the mountains,
was rated low-risk for exposure to solar radiation
so making sunglasses and protective creams unnecessary

© Daniel Stephens, 2019