We have come for a rest,
so please give us kindly rest’s instruments –
salt, bread, dried fruit, olives,
a little meat if you have it,
and a flask of local wine.
We have no needs or preferences
especially out of the ordinary,
no special news, imports,
nothing to declare or purvey
only let your hearts be open,
your greetings be fresh,
your hospitality be warm
your laughter be real.
We do have our own obligations.
that is several duties and rituals of an incidental tourist
which require of us certain observances –
to learn your languages
to respect your customs and traditions
to enquire your meanings and dreams
concerning human affairs
but we do not mean to burden you
with more than conventional courtesies
in thanks for your unobtrusive hospitality,
We appreciate your trinklets, gifts, mementoes,
as we shake hands and part
we leave with a parting farewell:
ciao, spero di vederti presto
We shall rise early from our candle lit table and be gone
before sunset’s shadow effaces us into the night.
leaving no ripple on the surface of memory.