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Panoramic Ruins

Saint Paul, 11 March 2004

A scrolling conveyor stitched black and white
Like rebar piercing pavers and busted up brick
Herein lies a brooding blanket of mortar dust
On Bush Street, near Stockton, circa 1906

The shattered glass of history’s mullions
Shorn useless like a Victorian window sash and
Pulverized to powder belied by crown glass transoms
On Bush Street, near Stockton, circa 1906

Through hollowed skeletons bereft of closets
Strident cries cling the shallow swale like
Cracked shards fill cavities divested of rooms
On Bush Street, near Stockton, circa 1906