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Obelisk, monolith,
Call it what you will,
 it cracked.

Well, first it rocked,
and then it cracked,

History not withstanding
an earthquake left its mark
on Washington.

 By the time
the crowds arrived, it was dark.
Looking up to see the damage done

they saw stars
and from another angle,
stripes

and they walked away
praising the shine of the moon
on marble,

the snap of the flag
in the night wind.

It’s easy to be beguiled
by aesthetics,
but the fact remains

the monument has cracked.
We only pray
we’ve built a strong foundation.

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