Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Castles in the fog

This year the 1936 Berlin Olympics will be hosted by China.
This year the 1944 Warsaw uprising will be hosted by Burma.
What are the stakes? The stakes are the same as ever.
On this island the stakes are crowned with human skulls.

No dinosaurs on this island. No gorillas allowed. No trebuchets
To bring down Scottish towers of mossy stone. No smoke of siege guns;
The citadel hasn’t fallen. It is the graceful triumph of elusiveness
Over the noble science of history. The citadel is fluent.


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