How To Live

 

A simple film reveals to me

Our basic human drives

The forces that often govern us

In the way we live our lives

 

L’Ultimo Paradiso

Set in Italy

Apulia’s deep southern toe

Beautiful poverty

 

Power and greed rule the roost

Respect and honour too

Vendetta when a wrong is done

What’s done to me I do to you

 

And Omerta the silence

Preserves the status quo

Nobody speaks nobody says

But everyone will know

 

Remote and rural places

Out of the way locale

The struggle to keep face is

The rule of life for all

 

Alfonso on his missions

Saw families destroyed

Vendetta and that Omerta

The rule of life employed

 

The simple folk of Italy

No different from us here

We too are given to vengeance

Our silences severe

 

The film was a true story

In Apulia long ago

Its lessons they are up to date

Mind now how you go

 

Brian Fahy

13 December 2021

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