Carthago Delenda Est!
To salvage Carthage now
would show how far we’ve come
since elephants and fire
helped raze these very walls;
to resurrect her now would rob
the ocean of its ballast.
The Vandals have had their way
destroying amphitheatre, column, rock and tomb.
Should we restore sun bleached frescoes
and raise up ghosts that once declaimed
on cobbled squares marked by chariot wheels
where street boys now hawk counterfeited coins?
Will slaves again bear figs, sweet oranges
grapes and olives from the hills
red wine in terracotta jars?
The ruins can no longer bear such weight –
let Carthage fade away in the salt air!
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