The political map of the world
bespeaks the influence of nations.
Chiefly, the eye is drawn to the reaching out
of Russia and America, deciding
which is God, and which is man: most
definitely, Russia God, America man, because
the Sistine's Michelangelo so aligns them:
it is a beautiful and delicate pose, however
illusory, and marginally dissipates
into the untidy clutter that is the rest
bar Africa, for a moment exempt,
with its jigsaw puzzle surface.
The British Isles, depicted slightly larger
than scale, sits central, aloof,
as though it's seen it all, done it all -
how true! - and for it all
in the contemporary climate of this map
is coloured blue.