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NOSTALGIA

He must be carried back
to thoughts of home

Ruin behind his gaze
statue falls whose face
he can't make out

Names lose patience
Waves crash with high-tech
and arguments where
the sky used to be

To stop the war
half-naked on shore
lost feeling for
the land of his birth

How strange cliche prevails
beauty torn from branches
rule of law contrived
unconscious

Mind's material must obey
this logic from a past
he can't resolve

Because the father lied
and children run away

Heat seeks flesh
in clouded light

Scatter psyche
night after night

He wakes with a start
A knock comes at the door
The fire spreads

but doesn't reach
its target again