The war in the shelter Kipridy

Death comes in the form of bullets
magnolia bushes, in pairs.
The explosion looks like a palm temporary,
which swings breeze.

empty house. cracked pediment
with scenes of ancient melee.
It glows in the sea the new Phaeton,
with much less clatter Fallen.

And poses for a poster
on pebbles, incandescent dobee,
looming motionless bodies,
left to sunbathe after sunset.

21 July 1974

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Joseph Brodsky
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