Eighth Testimony: The Berlin Wall
Far away—can you hear it? Static pinging
at the edges of thought: the sound a wall makes
powering down. Can it be this easy—
one misspeak and crowds assemble;
the Evil Red Bear cuddles with the Cowboy
and Jericho topples under a jubilant swarm
of hammers chiseling for souvenirs?
Don’t brood or marvel, just enjoy the music,
death strip lit for photo ops, bananas for all—
History doesn’t cough up triumphs easily.
Even fear has grown tired of harboring rage
and sent it to play out in a desert
so far away, no one will notice….
Reprinted from Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems. Copyright (c) 2021 by Rita Dove. Used with permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.