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Erech/Uruk - Iraq

Rating: 5.0

We're told that writing was invented here:
lists of weapons, foodstuffs, kings, kinsmen,
laws and penalties.
Here lived the first Man-God, Gilgamesh.
Here children beg for ballpoint pens.
Here there is no fence around the ruins,
no turnstile, booklet, shop or guide.
Here there are no tourists, toilets, postcards
or Keep Off notices.
Here is the first city.

Here urban evil started
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Sonny Rainshine 23 April 2006

Powerful and chilling. Makes me think of Shelley's Ozymandias: '...Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare/The lone and level sands stretch far away.'

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Lawrence Beck 23 April 2006

This is a fine, spare, melodic poem.

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