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30. Cyprus (Ledra Street, Nicosia/Lefkosa, 1996)

One step.  Another.
Crunching hesitantly across the eerie quiet of the No-Man-Zone
that buffers this divided country.
Crossing the Green Line.
The vigilant gaze of peacekeepers tracking my progress.
I mark derelict buildings, pitted with old gun wounds,
and walk a lonely country mile through the heartbreak of a nation.

 

jpm

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In downtown Dili

As the Peacekeepers’ trucks rumbled importantly by
(their helicopters clacking overhead)
And the children made their way to their teacherless schools
And the dust seeped into every crack and pore,

Someone

Had thoughtfully covered
The bottomless pothole in the centre of the road

With a delicate parasol.

 

jpm

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