They Whispered So So Softly

by Mark Chmiel

We were on our honeymoon in Sicily
Visiting with friends from graduate school

They were both Sicilian-Americans
They had moved there to start a family

They had us out to their home in the country
The nearest neighbors were half a mile away

A delicious dinner and lively conversation
Then Mev brought up her latest idea

A photo-interview project focusing on
Members of the Church who resisted the Mafia

(Two months before we arrived in Italy
The Mafia had murdered Judge Giovanni Falcone)

Mev was keen to hear
What our friends thought of her idea

But they whispered so so softly there in their own home
We had to lean forward to hear them

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