The Tower of Pisa is a unique beauty.
To admire and protect it
is the whole world's duty.
I wonder: did its architect and master builder
rot in a stinking dungeon
for erecting such a marvel
on a layer of wobbly gravel?
Oh no! exclaims the Mayor.
You should know that every tourist guide
recites their famous names
with utmost reverence and pride.
For did the masterpiece not lean and bend,
its fame would long have paled
and, with it, the town's mighty rent!
Stan Sýkora, Pisa 1995, part of Perpetuum Mobile