Lamassu

The Lamassu

Winged god

Protector

of the city of Nineveh;

Destroyed/looted/defaced

In Iraq

as consequence

of the chaos

following the fall of SH;

I met him/her yesterday. (not SH, rather, the god)

 

Installation

On

the 4th plinth at

Trafalgar Square

In all

his/her/its glory

made

from

Flattened

cans

of date syrup.

 

Earlier,

we had gazed at the plundered artefacts

In

The British Museum;

speared lions,

beheading

the vanquished

and pondered,

What might have come of these

Items

Had they been left behind.

 

Our

Society

an incubator

For culture.

 

Don’t get me started

On the

Whole

Sykes-Picot

&

Capitalist

manipulation

Of Near-East.

 

Funny

How it goes in circles.

 

Like

A

Drieydel

Or perhaps

A

Dervish.

the holy coachman 1911 chagall

2 comments

  1. I like this one so much, the careful balance between preservation and destruction of life, of culture (mine as it happens), of objects, of hope…..politics can be much like healthcare in this way, more than the non medical would prefer to know I wager. Thank you for writing this one 🙂
    Although of course Nineveh was destroyed by a collection of truly unspeakable monsters inspired by a terrifying ideology and supported by the infinite wealth and ignorance of our “allies” Turkey and Qatar, among various other state actors. Nineveh in beautiful ancient Assyria. I naively call for a modern Assyria and New Kurdistan, thanks Sykes and Picot for the enemies you’ve surrounded us by 😉 maybe we could go to Canada or somewhere nice?
    sorry…..rant

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