A Song to Photographs

A Song to Photographs

Photographs, strange photographs
Of pompous generals
And distracted poets
Feeling their importance for the survival of the world.
Photographs of forsaken prostitutes,
And promising ones.
Of engineers, businessmen, ex-governors,
Chinese men with flattering smiles,
Priming Swedes, frowning Germans, drunken Greeks,
Belarusian young maids for sale online…..
And perishing Iraqis.

Photographs, photographs, photographs.
Behind each one lies a life,
A death, a birth, documents,
Passports, lies,
Moaning of swift love-making.

So many things
They have not done
Before they surrender
To the everlasting sleep.

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