Toppled by Patrick Williamson

Hide behind whitewashed

cracked walls, spew out

over broad streets shafting

between the solemn dives,

the imam’s cry, squares full

of assassinations, a thousand

crowd the pavements, brothers

..

hide in the peeling yards

recon ghosts of the buggers

who invest each dripping alley

shrouds of linen slanting

shadow across Syrian ochre

..

spotlight the heat where steps

stutter darkly through night,

take me away from that sea

of uplift faces, tighten the blindfold

cast me down, cast the first stone

the world is full of the depraved

they said.

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