City Swallowed [Haibun]

Rubble cubes lie like piled dice. Temples and throne halls collapsed into mossy blocks brought low by the meager -- if inexorable -- forces of water drips and grass roots, roots that became wedges, splitting stone from stone. People push the blocks back together in homage to ancestors, but turn one's back and the hungry jungle consumes. Those ancestors crafted such sturdy stuff out of stout stone blocks. How much more quickly will our planned obsolescent cities be swallowed?


stout stone blocks -
toppled, dissolved, buried -
a city swallowed

DAILY PHOTO: 3 Views from Atop Phnom Bakheng

Sunset on Phnom Bakheng in October 2012
Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng; October 2012
Cambodian canopy; October 2012

DAILY PHOTO: Black Spectacled Toad, Cambodia

Taken on Phnom Bakheng in October of 2012