Michael Philips

Photocopy Of Guernica - Poem by Michael Philips

A photocopy of Guernica lies moaning in the desert,
less beautiful than the original but just as ugly.

In the same white envelope a newspaper clipping
with no backbone and a date constantly changing

shows a different woman holding a different baby.
The tears are the same but they recede with the tide.

She can only hold your focus for a moment
before you begin to reel in your own world,

and the scene takes on shades of comic relief
like an old joke about Jesus and Moses golfing.

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  • (9/30/2006 5:56:00 AM)

    enjoyed this very much, very original and memorable lines. you hint at the repetition of history, the continuing of human weakness, human loss. 'reel in your own world'....the playing out of war in tv and film? did you hear about how the copy of guernica in the UN security council was covered up with a curtain at the request of the bush administration while powell was giving his talk about the case for war in iraq, it was the speech i think where they had little children's drawings of lorries that opened up revealing masses of nuclear weapons inside. a disgraceful moment. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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