From the first cold fraudulent water
Draw the first pair of ticking hands
Then the fish scales and gills on the skin of the clock.
To remember is to villainize, romanticize or amplify events into a plot.
If Italy’s a gun, then Austria’s the grip Slovakia the dirty magazine fed by the clip Czechia, the charcoal in the sulfur of the heart which burns the Nazis and the Poles in the bulletproof dark
Fold cranes from names and locations unfrought with future disaster.
Abstract maps indicate safer havens.
Geography marks where-before-and-
To forget is to lessen devastation.
Malta melts and drips from the tip of Italy, Denmark spits tobacco seeds at Swedes across the sea.
Border-towns and war-torn countries endure more endurable changes
Than these smoldering blown out craters now projected on the cathedral of your heart
And we owe each other no more
Than refugees owe each other
To redraw the world without horror
While keeping similar symbols for home , similar symbols for mother.