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Thursday Doors 18/5/23: Castelnuovo di Porto 1. & a door poem

This is the first post in a new series with doors from a small town in Lazio where on Sunday we visited a special bistro.

I told you more about that in my latest birthday post, so first let’s see which door from Dan’s Third Annual Writing Challenge‘s gallery I have chosen for my today’s poem, second for this challenge.

Ta daaa, it’s Teresa’s fish door! Here is another of her amazing door posts.

Too many fish?

Under an arch of many colours – two arches! –
behind a pretty turquoise door, 
in blue bliss live – at least – three fish 
until one day it’s time for one to leave. What now?

Be it for fish school, work, or just 
because, once grown, the parents might well eat the kid,
the chosen one gets ready, packs and takes a peek.
“Astonishing,” it cries. “Not blue!”

The door report goes on: “It’s zero-bubble zone. 
The only bubbles that exist
are full of words when people breathe.
Alert! There’s someone looking at me as we speak.”

“Fish, I’m afraid I have bad news.
Not only we don’t need blue to survive but we 
also fish, that is lure and catch some of your kind
for sport, but to eat too. Stay home.”

As for my poem, it’s an InsideOut poem as devised by murisopsis and included in the NPM Scavenger Hunt. It was meant to be a one-off, but clearly the form (minimum three quatrains with syllable count 12-8-8-12 per verse in the first stanza, 8-12-12-8 in the second, and so alternately on) is here to stay. I find it most inspiring. This is the second I wrote after a summer memory on Day 23 this April.

And now to the first doors I saw on Sunday in Castelnuovo di Porto, a small town 40 km north of Rome, where we went on our special visit. You cannot not notice the castle first, but we didn’t climb up. Instead we turned left just before the arch and spent several hours in LINA, the bistro of amore’s daughter and her boyfriend.

During our visit I went on two walks around town and on the next four Thursdays or so you’ll be slowly getting its doors. Through the bistro’s door you can see the church and this is where I went first.

For Thursday Doors challenge hosted by Dan at No Facilities


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

18 thoughts on “Thursday Doors 18/5/23: Castelnuovo di Porto 1. & a door poem

  1. The poem is delightful, Manja. A good warning to the fish, though they migh not take heed. Your doors are beautiful. I love the color accents! Thanks for supporting the doors and writing challenge.

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    1. Haha, you’re right, Sue. 😀 And I think I will sooner or later, seeing that amore’s daughter runs this bistro there. Thanks! Also, many more doors from such streets in this town coming up on next Thursdays.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you say so. 🙂 If I ever write another, I’ll post it here, even if it’s December. 😀 And I’m glad you like the doors as well. I have been posting them on Thursdays for seven years or so.


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