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The Old Man and the Vltava

Chapter 3: The Secret Life of Stone

On the days that the weather is fine
The Old Man goes to the river and throws out his line.
The swans and ducks they give him wide berth:
The Beast in the river has marked him with mirth.
Under the water It waits patiently
A toe over the edge, devoured one two three.
Step back, Old Man, or get you It will;
You, Old Man, are marked for the kill.

©Sezin Koehler 2010, Photo by Zuzu Arbus.

The Secret Life of Stone is a photography series that explores the wishes, hopes and memories of Prague’s statues as well as imaginary histories of Prague. The series is also related to the upcoming third installment to Sezin’s first novel, American Monsters.