mementos…

mementos

cities
built
with the blood-soaked mortar
of its youth
high-rise tombstones
mark society’s grave
while
the graves
of the war dead
are placed
beyond
the city walls
marginalized in death
as in life
their
sacrifice
symbolically recalled
once a year
when
the chaos of death
is replaced with
designed tranquillity
a park-like environment
to ease the guilt
of the living
for what they’ve
permitted
their leaders
to steal
from the face
of the earth
life