When learning a language,
everything is simple.
The cities, the churches, the people,
nothing is "astounding" or "breathtaking"
because you don't know how
to say those yet. They are all "beautiful."
The weather is not a furious storm
that washes away the grime from streetcorners
it is "ugly" or "bad" or "raining. a lot."
I have tried to explain this
to my italian family and friends,
why every complex, elegant thing
is simple, pared down, stunted,
but as it is, I only know how to say,
'hello' 'i am sorry' 'it is ugly' 'it is beautiful.'