The Shield of Achilles

   

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 She looked over his shoulder
       For vines and olive trees,
    Marble well-governed cities
       And ships upon untamed seas,
    But there on the shining metal
       His hands had put instead
    An artificial wilderness
       And a sky like lead.

A plain without a feature, bare and brown,
   No blade of grass, no sign of neighborhood,
Nothing to eat and nowhere to sit down,
   Yet, congregated on its blankness, stood
   An unintelligible multitude,
A million eyes, a million boots in line, 
Without expression, waiting for a sign.

You can read the full poem here: https://poets.org/poem/shield-achilles

9 thoughts on “The Shield of Achilles

    1. Yes — gives the sense that war is deeply rooted in human thinking and feeling, and hard to eradicate. Remarkable that the mythical shield has all of the present day realities embedded in its narratives —

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