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Ground Zero

I took that bus –
for sightseeing,
where you can see all of
New York City in two days.
I was astonished
that the route included
a stop at “Ground Zero.”
Can you really turn
emptiness into an object of desire,
how much does a ticket
to nothing cost?

In front of “Ground Zero”
everyone was silent,
as if before some
invisible graveyard.
Only one African-American woman
was still shouting:
“Look out!”
“Look out!”
even though
five years
had already passed.
I gazed at
the naked earth
to discover some ruins,
some trace
of bygone life,
but failed.
In that terrible silence
I was the only tourist
burdened by history.

AuthorIvan Hristov
2018-08-21T17:22:40+00:00 January 3rd, 2014|Categories: Poetry, Blesok no. 93|0 Comments