Peace Square

In the shadow of St. Lindla’s
commuters descend to safety

through gleaming chrome,
atomic tubes,

for Prague knows the value
of backup plans.

In case of bombs, evacuate
in case of capitalism, seek warmth.

Remind yourself for the thousandth time:
your students are not supervillains.

Harsh v’s and missing articles
do not world domination build.

Hollywood has overstayed its welcome
in your mind, evict it,

cast it down to huddle
in these stations.

Sophie Panzer is the author of the chapbooks Mothers of the Apocalypse (Ethel Press, 2019) and Survive July (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2019). She won the 2017 QWF Prize for Young Writers and edits prose for Inklette. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jewish Fiction .net, Sad Girl Review, The Hellebore, Coffin Bell, Little Old Lady, Lavender Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Josephine Quarterly.

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