erect while marble horses
rear high, fallen comrades lie etched beneath.
Presidents in chiseled rocks bodiless
soldiers entombed wrapped daily in a wreath.
Obelisks soar marking feats of heroism,
granite arches harbor battles won and lost.
Gravestones hiding dead from vandalism
iconic landmarks stand in sun and frost.
Yet end comes to stone and the names thereon
as mountains wear, glaciers melt, and trees die
mocking man's monolith phenomenon
made to defy mortality gone awry.
Barbarism cut into weathered rocks
the refuge of a sword but not a cynic
cloaked in swarming pigeons that come in flocks
these edifices are but metaphoric.
Herbert Siegel, NY
Ph.D., Long Beach, New York, USA is a retired CEO of major
public companies. He served on numerous corporate and bank
boards. Herb created three collections of poems over half a
century and continues writing.
This is Herbert
Siegel's first appearance in Sketchbook.
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