Monday, November 14, 2005

past paranoia in eastern europe

or over-preparedness
those albanians
invaded several times over the past centuries
treated like the dregs of europe
the "last frontier of europe"
is filled with bunkers

travelling through albania
especially heading south of tirana to sarande
we started counting the bunkers
and lost count
supposedly there were bunkers built for every albanian
so that when the invaders came
albanians could go to the bunkers,
rifle in hand
and blast enemies out of their country

but these days
albanians leave
and fully one quarter of their gdp
is from albanians abroad
sending money home

strange days
and now the bunkers are photo ops
painted over
pissed on
and overgrown


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