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Touching the Colors

Barcelona
Along the Rambla

The kings' men 

Men of gold

Men of coal

Men of tin.

Pass into another

Time zone

And freeze.

The city hurries by

But they remain rooted

Like the lampposts and benches.

Only the ringing of coins in the bucket

Wakes them for a precious moment.

Barcelona

In the Boukaria Market

Vendors sell

The field

Its colors

Its lusciousness

Its ripeness

All picked this morning

While great mother nature

Lay sleeping.

Geneva

Rain in a Distant City

Rain in a Distant City

Speaks another language

Falls politely on the

Suit-filled street.

Prague

People

People,

Heavy set, weighted gaze,

Bearing burdens of the years,

Walk to and from in the squares

Past large buildings

Of days gone by.

Bullet fire

And red flags

Still fresh

On frozen faces.

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Versaille

Versailles, After the Feast

For twenty-three francs

You can wonder in jeans

Through the royal room

But at half-past five

They close the mirror.

Prague

Babushkas

Babushkas

Rows on rows on rows

In their smiling wooden dresses

Faces nectarine

Kerchiefs cover

Their ginger hair

Full of flowers,

Full of body,

Arms folded

So very pretty

But their hearts are sealed.

Barcelona

The Poem of the Captive Songbird

Captive colors

Padlock flight

Dreams behind bars

Eyes -

Tears

That do not end.

Geneva

Winter

Asphalt  trees

Cut off midword

Flinging clenched limbs.

Barcelona

Gaudi

Between the forest trees

And town houses

The master of stone

Crafts towers

From chameleons.

Paris

Quai d'Orsay

Woman of Renoir

pink-skinned

their eyes

piano and forest

adorn themselves on the second floor

of an old train station.

Prague

The Jewish Quarter of Prague

In the The Jewish Quarter of Prague,

The screams are now the whispers of

Tiny letters,

Of children's drawings sharing the horror,

The fading testimony of the moss.

Between shards of memories

The hand of time

Slipped into their lives

And the erased

The creases of their being.
 

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