at the Citadel of Jerusalem

built by John Hyrcanus I

there is barbed wire and yellow

weeds

The-Hooded-Crow-of-Jerusale-A-Poem

the hooded crow of Jerusalem calls

from the Minaret of the Mosque, raw

muezzin

 

in a courtyard below the ramparts

are jeeps which say, in English,

POLICE

 

an invisible deus-ex-machina

hums a military-industrial

hum