The Persistence of Ignorance

One day we will
wake up in
Salvador Dali’s
New York.
dripping glass
and steel onto
streets turned
into tar rivers.

The Fifth Avenue
Sherry Netherland
clock oozing metal
from its weeping hands.

Black trunks of
barren trees in
Central Park
festooned with
liquefied window

Pigeons and rats,
McDonalds wrappers
and a pair of
pink ballet slippers
imprisoned at
melted Broadway

Air conditioners
wearing trusses
to support
bellies swollen
with exhaustion.

The city silent,
not even roused by
hot winds stronger
than a thousand
gored bulls.

© Annette Libeskind Berkovits

Erythra Thalassa by Annette Libeskind Berkovits

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