“But I been there before …

Green Line, Beirut, c. W. Marling.

You get a feeling, you try not to be fatalistic,
but dammit, you know you’ve seen that scene in some past.
That’s how I feel about Lebanon and Syria and Israel:
the past is the present is the past. This building on
Beirut’s “green line” was one ruin around the corner
from that sanctuary of ruins, the history museum.
You knew before you went in to see the Phoenicians
and again when you came out, that someone was going
pull out a gun, to blow it up again.

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