As they were preparing to abandon the city

by Goran Čolakhodžić


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.