Beseitigung | a grief poem

honour history

honour it with plaques

in all kinds of precious metals

honour the battles, the soldiers

fallen and remembered

honour the wars, the roses

the valleys of it all

who surrendered, who won

honour it all in one pompous gesture, aplenty

re-erect history, put it on the walls

restore and redecorate its anthem

reinvent the glory of stained weaponry

broken fingers and jaws

advertise it as a tourist attraction

write it in gold letters

the places of history

the ghosts rising in the dusk

the winners and losers

life and death

let the trumpets creak


make all the suicides disappear

in the emblematic silence of history

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2022 | Instagram: @melpomenepaintings

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