Charles Bridge Statues

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In Prague they balance poised and perfect

Like the mantis on a branch

Supplicants whose gaze is to the medieval stone

That they are beggars frozen in this Catholic of poses

Does not hush the living and warm stream of humanity

Passing them as they offer a hat

There on elbows and toes;

The young Chinese who pose and salute

Are mirrored by other nationalities

Empires of money or land pass or grow strong

When the gaps grow too big

People fight, beg, live that good life less and less

The powerful build monuments, seek their immortalisation.

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