Friday, January 27, 2017

City On A Hill

The shining city on a hill
is real, but poorly built
and fragile.
Thick with the dust of neglect and shelved
a short reach for grubby hands.

Shake, shake, shake!
the center quakes,
and our pitiless artifice shatters.
Of the shining city on a hill,
only ceremony stands.

For Real Toads

14 comments:

gillena cox said...

Very interesting the shiny and fragile

Much love...

Iris said...

This is excellent. I especially like the "shake, shake, shake."

brudberg said...

Made me think of the little balls you shake to make it snow... I say Rosebud

Outlawyer said...

Agh. I was not a fan of Reagan, who I think coined shining city on the hill, but he was a breath of fresh air compared to the now. Really well done--incisive and scary, MZ, and hopefully not prescient. Thanks.k.

kaykuala said...

Of the shining city on a hill,
only ceremony stands.

Where the administration bothers itself in making populist assertions one dreads the reality that will affect the general good later. Ok on the ceremonies and trappings but the population will suffer!

Hank

Jim said...

"is real, but poorly built and fragile" needs a whole lot better care than what we are seeing. One fall and a pebble at landing could fracture it.
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Sanaa Rizvi said...

Of the shining city on a hill,
only ceremony stands.

Brilliant!!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Sceptre and crown
must tumble down
and in the dust be equal made
with the poor crooked scythe and spade...

So many civilizations fallen to ruin, yet no nation can figure out the patterns of history.

Such a poem of our times.. of all times.

Susie Clevenger said...

"only ceremony stands" With our current orange dictator that is turned vulgar. Powerful synopsis of our current event

Fireblossom said...

it would seem that only the artifice, er, edifice remains.

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