Ruins in the Tall Grass [Free Verse]

Nature dresses up the detritus 
of our fallen civilizations.

After all but the most resolute
stonework has crumbled,

cool faces of stone
having sloughed off to
leave rugged, pitted rock,

all that stands testament 
to life is the tall grass
that sways in the wind.

DAILY PHOTO: Scenes from Oslob

Museo Oslob; Taken in August of 2018
Cuartel Ruins; August 2018
Cuartel Ruins & Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Oslob; August 2018
Seawall Oslob; August 2018

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: Shettihalli Rosary Church; i.e. The Sunken Cathedral

Ragi & Ruins; Taken October 2, 2020 near Shettihalli.
Shettihalli Rosary Church ruins