Poem on the Removal of the Statue of Johnny Reb

A crew removes Johnny Reb from his pedestal. PC: Eze Amos A crew removes Johnny Reb from his pedestal. PC: Eze Amos

By Gregory Orr

 

I won’t miss the way

Your bronze body

Froze

History into bitterness.

 

That spot you occupied

No longer radiates

Shadows

In every direction

Like a malign sundial

Designed to thwart

The slow

Progress of time.

 

Your absence: a form

Of hope,

a flat

And empty space

Where citizens stand

In a circle

And mark the hours

Of our town’s

Mortal

And peaceful clock.

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