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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ghost in the Maritime Offices

a soldier has to stay in his position
so he’s been there for a hundred years

his old home in India
has gone with his memory

the soldier became
the cannon in the main building –
just a backdrop for
tourists’ photos

the ambition to fight enemies
has faded with time

this gun doesn’t mean to scare anybody
and can’t

it doesn’t want to be touched
but it can’t resist

'Fire!' the canon shouted out one day
but there wasn’t any target

a tourist laughed
the picture he took showed
a lonely cannon
and a soldier wildly shouting
whom he hadn’t seen at all

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