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Poetry of Issue #8        Page 52

The Walls of Dubrovnik

The walls of Dubrovnik have stood for a millennium,
stable against the Adriatic’s waves,
stout to wind and earthquakes,
resisting gravity and all of nature’s persuasions.

They are a testament to human technē and
the capacity for work and tool,
to all of human potential.

But, they are also an indictment.
Indeed, it is not the waves and wind,
they were built to resist.

The cannons which peek out from the forts,
are so many accusing fingers,
and may just as well have pointed back in.

  Anthony Squiers