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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Mark J. Mitchell

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"Ecstasy does not use the same symbol twice."
—Jorge Luis Borges


The temple was ruined last year
after the rains, before the sun
dried the ground. A small tremor near
the river (assumed willed by one
of the gods) felled that wall. A nun
was killed, but the monks all escaped
leaving the sacrifice undone.
Nature is quick here, stones are draped

with new growth, disguising their shapes.
Someday, others will explore here,
they will cut back the vines and scrape
lichen off rocks. Perhaps they'll fear
those who came before. Or they'll sneer
at our gods, knowing they've outdone
The childish things we worshipped here.
Let birds guard it until they come.