The Vanishment of Venice

The Vanishment of Venice

Venice vanished.
Now only water colours
smear the dark blue lagoon,
and in the air, memories of harlequins
and a violin tune.
The attendees at the last masked ball
knew nothing about it,
nothing about it at all.
Newspapers blame global warming,
the melting of icebergs
in Greenland and the arctic waste.
After the fall of the Taj Mahal,
doom merchants say the end is coming
and it’s making haste.

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