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This poem is spillover from the February 17, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "I want a lifetime with you" square on my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.


"Il Vero Prezzo"


On the morning that Fiorenza
was to return to Nocciolaia,
Giacinto gave her a farewell kiss,
which turned into several kisses,
which gave way to clinging and cuddling,

until at last they sprang apart, panting.

"We had better stop," Giacinto said,
"before it is altogether too late to stop."

"I don't want to stop," Fiorenza grumbled
as they sat down on the porch.

"Neither do I," Giacinto said. "A few hours or
even days here and there is never enough.
I want a lifetime with you."

Now that was a species of proposal
if ever Fiorenza had heard one.
"I want that too," she said.
"I wish that we could."

Giacinto sighed. "But I have my village,
and you have yours," he said sadly.
"We cannot simply run off like
wild young lovers in a story."

"Well, perhaps we can think of a solution,"
said Fiorenza. "What if we could find
a replacement to serve as wisewoman
in your village, or in mine?"

"That might work," said Giacinto.

"Abelie has shown some interest
in my work," said Fiorenza.

"But then which of us would stay home,
and which would have to move?" Giacinto said.

"That's a dilemma," Fiorenza agreed.

"What if," Giacinto said slowly,
"we both left our villages?"

"How could that work?" Fiorenza said.

"Think about how many times you
have been summoned to Faggiola,
or Fermo, or some other place
to solve a problem," Giacinto said.
"The same has happened to me.
If we took up a wagon, as the Zigani do,
then we could travel around the countryside
doing whatever needed to be done, and
visit our home villages each in turn."

"Abelie has a sister, Margherita,"
said Fiorenza. "I do not know if they
would like to become wisewomen,
but perhaps they would. I can ask.
Even if they agree, though, they are still
just little girls -- it would take several years
for them to grow up enough to serve."

"It is worth pursuing," said Giacinto,
"if you truly wish to spend a life together."

Fiorenza kissed him again. "Of course I do."

"Whatever did I do to deserve you?" he murmured.

"Amore è il vero prezzo con che si compra amore,"
she said. Love is the true price with which love is bought.

* * *

Notes:

"Amore è il vero prezzo con che si compra amore."
Love is the true price with which love is bought.
-- Italian Love Quotes and Phrases

A two-body problem occurs when both halves of a relationship have a professional career, making it difficult to situate both in the same place.

Making a long-distance relationship work will take determination. At some point you need to make a commitment, and there are things you should know before getting engaged. Fiorenza and Giacinto have taken their time getting to know each other, and they have discovered the barriers to living together. Now they're ready to work on solutions.

Yay!

Date: 2015-02-24 09:18 pm (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
They're making progress! I'm so happy.

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Date: 2015-02-25 01:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Nice. They'll have some interesting problems to work out.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2015-02-25 03:16 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Yes, they are.

mobile services?

Date: 2015-02-25 03:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
If they travel together, but offer slightly different services, they could become both more effective and more recognized, simply because the tradition is to have one wisewoman per village of sufficient size to support them.

Especially if they both work on searching out potential apprentices, scattered among the small villages, they can make this work, not only for themselves as a couple (and later, a family?) but for those with the talent but no one to teach them locally, or for villages without a wisewoman.

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Date: 2015-02-25 03:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
I have friends who successfully made the two-body problem work. He was in IT, with good benefits and a pension package he didn't want to sacrifice; she was a tenured professor in another city. Their solution was to visit back and forth on alternate weekends. They even raised a child that way, which must have been a real challenge!

Alas, this story doesn't have a happy ending. Not long after he retired and moved to her city permanently, she was diagnosed with breast cancer; she died a couple of months ago. But I'm sure they wouldn't have traded what they had for a longer time together in which one of them would have had to be unhappy.

Oh language

Date: 2015-02-26 12:53 am (UTC)
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
Before I read the quote at the end, I mistranslated this poem's title as "The True Parsley", and figured it was about making a meal. :)

Re: Oh language

Date: 2015-02-26 02:37 am (UTC)
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
And the Spanish for "sauce" is "mole", suggesting parsley is the "price of sauce" -- a garnish you put on a finished dish. But I love parsley (horsey/unicorn side showing, now that I understand it's there) and will gladly eat it too. :)

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Date: 2015-02-24 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhodielady-47.livejournal.com
Good poem!
:^)

Thank you!

Date: 2015-02-24 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked it.

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Date: 2015-02-24 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
Awwwwww!

I don't envy them the next few years... but if they can make life on the road work for them, it will be as strong a relationship as you could ask for.

I got lucky. After nearly a decade of busted LDR's, my best friend clue-batted me into dating inside my local calling area. I think you know the rest of that story... :)

But I wish these two the best; it will make for good stories.

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Date: 2015-02-28 06:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rowyn
I like their approach: both that they consider their responsibilities and that they don't let those obligations act like impassible barriers. <3

Yay!

Date: 2015-02-28 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
That's exactly what I was aiming for. I'm glad it worked.

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