‘Only up onto the rooftop get’ and hear
Jets’ pinpoint thunder, their scheduled roar –
Rome-Milan express, bird-trill, hacksaw
Nextdoor (or is it ‘er rotolino’?),
Hammerblows distance softens to marakas.
Sonic thread linking arch with Pyramid,
Landmark gazometro, belltower, dome,
Trams rattle reassuring red-green-red;
Half-a-city nestles in my inner ear,
Its descant extending the range of home.
Local long jump champion, now far now near
A dogbark clears districts; sirens take turns
With this butterfly, exquisite silence
Signaling transit between heaven knows where.