The famous 16th-century bridge of Mostar, a historical heritage site was blown up by Bosnian Croat forces in November 1993, it has since been reconstructed.
Nothing disturbed the still waters
of our subterranean caverns
when we visited in ’72.
We admired the colour washed houses, bought
a coffee pot and Turkish rug before
pausing to memorialize the beauty of the bridge.
We plummeted in ’93 when
Serbs shelled the keystone
into the Neretva taking
four hundred years of history with it.
There were assaults from both sides
with ineffectual attempts to prevent further attack
like those of the local Muslims who draped tyres
over the sides and scaffolding along the walkway.
We had history too but lacked the will
to re-construct from what had been.
Now I am alone with my facsimile.