Shadows of an Old Kingdom.

On a manufactured floor I sit –
upon synthetic stone.
The sun beats
down its honey rays
to ease my harrowed mind.
The pavement sweats
because it does not belong.

Once, this place was a home.
A home for nature to colour
and lay down in. Now I find
no song of birds, no nature calls.
Just a tall building
with manufactured walls.

Cars are now
the only beasts that crawl
upon these weary, chipped streets.
The few trees are bare
and the grass is meek –
shadows of an old kingdom.

Now the sun and breeze
are all that remind me
this place could be
so much more.

How small minded are we?
With our freedom
we stab beauty’s heart
and cut out the eyes
of nature’s original art.

We traded
for cars and that stench,
the rot in the air;
putrid pavement
leaves our earth bare.
We rape nature
with our bitter attacks,
and there may already be
no take-backs.

© Rylan Skelly, July 2018


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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