Milan, Bologna │23 February 2018

The colourful city arrests the spirit with charms of warmth and the delusion of summer.

It cannot shift the mighty inverted vacuum of time immemorial against the recessions of winter.

Winter is tactless and brazen, like some automated ghost on a loop of haunting.

It follows us across the continent like a shadow of improbable notions.

It raises havoc in the form of a moaning visage whose terrors are mute.

The Bolognese seem to enjoy the novelty of victimhood.

They know what lies ahead.

The reverse order of oppression.

The spectre of heat as heavy as a time-dependent burden of shame.

San Luca is the host of religious visions.

The presence of God is a human silhouette at the top of a thousand steps of steep ascension.

The rehearsals of Biblical Armageddon are without witness.

Played out here like creations of my lunatic optimism.