As they were preparing to abandon the city
As they were preparing to abandon the city,
they refrained from talking about how
they themselves ended it, too, in the streets,
in its foundations. Perhaps in order to feel less affected,
perhaps for the sheer delight they took in the already so painless
act of destruction.
One could not tell any more if they were delaying
the ceremony of departure because of desire and
myth, or if they were irked even by the last
stone laid over stone, needing a flat and open
scorched field for takeoff.