Jenny in Rome: An Ode

look now, Jenny:
Rome under sun!
new stone, old stone,
sun on domes, urns,
on fort, on tree, down well —
flow of now, poured pure
to flow round pure stones.

sun sunk down
new routes for stone
— uneven, murky —
down, down, down.
stones under stone:
red stone, end-of-world stone.

to ken Rome, well up —
up to more stone
over new flow routes:
up slender tree, over round dome!
do you see, Jenny?

one Rome of stone
— new, old —
down under, up over,
turned round… Now

do you see?
up, over, round, under:
you see, you know,

you feel Rome now
— your Rome, our Rome —

Rome.

Bill Waters, 2017

Algorithmic approach:
Phonewords for 867-5309 (from the song “Jenny”)

Remixed work:
Jenny, by Sigrid Undset