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Poetry – Necropolis (Fragment)

February 18, 2012

Necropolis

A road strikes a trench through skyscrapers.

It is still as a scar on a corpse.

Bustle, smog, and horns don’t harass it.

It’s now just an artery of the city

blocked and petrified. One avenue among others.

A symptom of a greater disease.

A wind picks up suddenly

brash and full of contempt. It’s wailing voice

cuts through disused wires and crevices and

harangues what people remain,

mocking the living in only a way

the immortal can.

Cars sit weathered and broken,

their worth stripped away and their former

value forgotten. They yawn like

whale bones unable to give even little shelter.

Shattered glass and tile pieces swirl

in haphazard circles. They grind and grind

slowly working their way back to their

mineral beginnings. Once filled with life

built and supported by it,

buildings are left in their unnatural postures

awaiting the day they can reunite with the earth

in a shower of dust and debris.

Until then they remain hanging

supported by long dead intentions.

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