After We Are Gone

photo credit: Free Public Domain Illustrations by rawpixel Japanese crows, illustration from Seitei Kacho Gafu (1890–1891) by Wantanabe Seitei, a prominent Kacho-ga artist. Digitally enhanced from our own original edition. via photopin (license)

There is nothing to grieve.
There is just silence.
Row upon row of empty houses
From here to the horizon.
Carrion crows wheel in the dawn light
Like a carnival high wire act.
But there is nothing to see,
Nothing on which they can feed.
Just the abandoned remnants
Of a lost civilisation, decaying.

© 2021 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.



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