©2021 Michael Raven

there, the killing fields fallow
grey stones above stumble-tumbling
in a slow march back to ground
rain-speckled cold paints names
ravaged by wind and time
gargoyles hang there, too

listen to the silence --
sidhe still sing in the empty places
the hollow spaces between
for a king long given to dust

i follow their procession
ghosts of the fire-ravaged lost
as they shamble towards a god
who abandoned them there
the swell of the choir and
light shafts from the rain

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