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We remember your
Soaring battlement,
Oh dear Gran Soursock
A Palace with dignity [et Balance)
Framed by louvers
Of Mahogany;
Plush carpentry, and
Fine marquetry—
Tout souvent des
Levahtihes, shall not be permitted
To Expire…
(Thou canst/Quash
A Poet / Ever!)

In August, half of Beirut was violently shaken by a massive explosion near its coastal quay – caused by the same substance that shocked Oklahoma City 25 years beforehand. It seems such temblors may occur indiscriminately— if we are not more vigilant.