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-         Des Dillon (U.K.)

Veins of Lenten purple, Great Almighty,

marble walls and spattered stones; bitter sweet

blood from Makka and Golgotha flowing

to future’s applause of the Kalashnikov.

Who could prophesy the countless teardrops

calloused to pebbles under hot red sands?

These same stones that Samson slung and slings still

to nearby applause of the Kalashnikov.


Yet girls strut past with stuff to make them pretty.

Brides with items turning rubble homely.

Mums with bags of rice and laughing family.

A woman, of a certain age and wrinkly

defies by singing one toothed psalms sincerely

to a puzzled man with a Kalashnikov.