A poem by Beverly Stock.
Photo credit: Amazing World/Uttam Kasakhikari/
#gianthands, Venice, Italy
Holding on a minute longer,
Or the windows might go under.
With moisture-soaked walls.
Collapse could be caused.
If not for the 5th century AD.,
With the Roman Empire retreating,
And refugees then fleeing,
To the lagoons; they hurriedly made,
And drove wood stakes, into clay.
Put planks on, then platforms laid,
Expanding the city; generations to raise
Which built the foundation of Venice today.
*Adaptation of quotation by George Patton