Valentino of Naples and his extended family

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the gangsters lined up against the wall
  and the riflemen took aim, and then they fired   and of course the gangsters fell.

  I offered cheese to the saddened wives but
bestowed upon them was grief too great for even cheese


the Director

offered the wives the opportunity
to file by
the lain men


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alas, with the wind and the rain and the Many Moons – or seasons, whichever –
came the healing.   The wives recovered from their ordeal and
regained their strengths. Their husbands’ infected wounds
got better and, gangsters they be, the men returned
to their lives.

and I asked one of the wives if she regretted
not enjoying the cheese which I had offered to
her one stormy day those years ago – or moons, whichever.




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