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Stuff I saw in Bethlehem in 2002.

Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity, 2002

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse07 Jan 2018

Children play in rubbish
tumbling through
an empty market;

Bewildered Japanese tourists
look for guidance
in useless books;

An American drags a cross
with a small squeaking wheel
through the Holy Land;

A tank squashes
cars parked at the side
of a narrow street;

Small-arms fire competes
to mark the day's end
with a dust-raised lavender sunset.