We are told that he is a pious churchgoer,
that he is a person devoted to the family.
To many children he has been a godfather
and by that name is known by everyone.
They respectfully address him as 'Don'.
He dons the mantle of strict respectability
but that cloak hides more sinister motives
His family business extends far and wide
but he will tell you that his organisation
is no one else’s business. "It's our thing,"
or "la cosa nostra", to use his vernacular.
Yet their ‘thing’ has impinged on us all;
the Mafia's tentacles lethally embraced
and spread misery all over the globe.
© Luigi Pagano 2021