The Great Wall

Photo by Baher Khairy

Laid end to end

Sartre’s bones

constitute the mortar


of our allegorical wall

martyred concrete

filling the gap


between mortality and

obscurity by repetitious fame

stacking high the shadows


empty sockets cast

on nameless trenches, moats

long ago stormed


but never held;

by dusk they’ve lost the words

to ending plastic patriarchy


leaving them with the bleakness

bonemeal’s philosophy extends

across the consciousness of the world.


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