Searching for an affordable Crossbow

by Frank Ortega

The women in the Umbrian mountain village

gather around the hood

of the parked blue Alfa-Romeo

touching it reverently

with the palms of their hands

whispering “Roma”, “Roma

at the heat of the engine.

They stand on medieval cobblestones

marvelling at such things as head, distance and speed.

The older women, the ones in black,

think only of time.