The Fieldstone Review

Kiremit Caddesi, Balat, Istanbul: June 2015

by Zak Jones

                                    Ramadan

                                    Mauve hands
                                    break bread.

                                    Competing minarets
                                    project echoing
                                    stability, despite
                                    bomb blasts
                                    elsewhere.



                                    Elections

                                    Neighborhood signs
                                    show
                                    ethnic lines
                                    drawn
                                    in architecture
                                    through
                                    an economist's
                                    lens.

                                    The army
                                    or
                                    the police
                                    have
                                    fired guns
                                    in
                                    the distance.

                                    Where
                                    or
                                    what is
                                    Victory?