Giovanni Boccaccio wrote the Decameron
with tales describing all sorts of goings-on.
Written in vernacular but not with rhyme
it provides a document of life at the time.
The young protagonists, who totalled ten,
seven pretty women and three bonny men,
were ensconced in a villa outside Florence
to keep themselves safe from the pestilence.
They stayed there for ten days and told tales
either erotic or tragic, in the greatest details.
Each person, each day, would tell a story,
with plots that were lurid or else too gory.
Ten yarns a day for ten interminable days,
a hundred pieces of prose that amaze.
This narrative inspired Geoffrey Chaucer
who penned a book probably saucier.
© Luigi Pagano 2019
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