Dalmatia and Other Localities before the War
When we ate grilled fish on the floating restaurant
lording it on the Dalmatian coast
...mistaken for Party children- daddy must be an
official for them to have a motor bike like that...
when we stood on the quayside at Budva then later
stranded on that hotel island watching the causeway
slowly disappear beneath an unhurried sea
when detouring to Kotor to see the earthquake damage
imagining the earth move a dust shrouded town
staring through chained gates as if at a movie set
when I drove the Honda too fast skidding around
potholes and you giggled later drinking rocket fuel
local liqueurs in a bar with currency for wall paper
then when we strolled the leaning streets of
Mostar where soon there would be tanks
Then what of our own smouldering conflict
our own trajectory of spite filled ordnance
could you sense that it was coming?
a nurtured, carefully concealed attack
time worn sophistry
what of that when gun smoke
smarts your eyes.