I left a badger in Italy
I walked past thick shrubs of green growth,
in the middle of a beautiful summer day,
as the hot Tuscan sun scorched the dusty forest floor.
I climbed over rocks and crawled with my back against the earth,
like a domesticated cat gone astray,
I entered The Castle that Only God Knows.
I left a badger from Abbazia di Monte Olive Maggiori to light the hearth,
emblazoned in charcoal over ruins that lay,
to watch over those who dared to slide under the locked door.