Syed Ahmed Shah
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The Day Of The Vulture
They started arriving at the venue from early morning,
alone or in small groups.
Gliding noiselessly like retreating soldiers of a once great army
... reaching their base camp.
Shadowy ghosts on cushioned toes, timidly settling on the few trees
that are still allowed to stand like miniature mementos.
They folded their six feet or more of
magnificent arrogance only to reveal
skeletal memories of a lost empire, spread over