History – Babette Deutsch

History

Coming too close

Is monstrous, like a doll

That is alive and bigger than the child

Who tries to hold it.

It is a clock that tolls the thirteenth hour.

It is a theatre

On fire.

Our history

Images not the castle but the train

Emerging from the tunnel, ruining

Down the embankment toward the modest station,

Where it will lie like a box of toys, broken,

Unpacked in vain.

– by Babette Deutsch

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