Saturday, 3 March 2018

A Question of Identity

Colin Firth has acquired an Italian passport.
Lucky him! I have one but it will soon expire.
I immediately sprang into action to renew it
but my endeavour did not bear any fruit.
It seems that the economic situation is dire
and many Italian consulates got the chop;
Manchester was closed and Liverpool too.
What’s the problem, you’re bound to ask,
there is an Italian consulate in London
where you can similarly perform the task
Yes it is true: it opens three days a week,
the public has three hours, from 9 till 12,
to be seen and provide biometric data
by appointment only it must be stressed.
If the phone’s answered is the acid test.
If you are from Manchester, oh what a pity,
to arrive in good time to the Capital City
you might be required to rise at dawn.
You travel by train, at an exorbitant cost,
when you get there you could get lost
and all because you can’t do it by post.

© Luigi Pagano

Luigi Pagano has published three collections of poems: ‘Idle Thoughts’, ’Reflections’ and ‘Poetry On Tap’. His work has been featured in ABCTales’ magazines, UKAuthors’ anthologies, Poetry24 and several other publications.