Goodbye to Lampedusa
It is what they say
because the sea does not have footprints
to see where others have ended their journeys,
and today—this incandescent afternoon—
they tell you to follow
the path of the wind,
follow it to where the water leads you
as a new merchandise arrives
with a parcel of goodbye.
Goodbye is what they tell you
as your final parting gift, so close
your heart to unholy thoughts
about the waves.