That said, this single post will remain active for Friday December 22nd 2017, Friday December 29th, and Friday January 5th 2018 with comment moderation off so everyone can come by when they can--be patient however, since as I said above, I will not always be around, especially the week following New Year's Day.
That said, a very happy Yule season to all, and a deep thanks to all of you who make this Friday journey so memorable. Have a kickass holiday, and let's all hope for at least a saner New Year.
I have written two 55's for this combined edition...
"...I have let time pass, which..helps more than reasoning.”
~Queen Elizabeth I
I wake in the night
thinking of ruins;
not the makers
but their leavings: fort,
with no tomorrow of its own, yet
a casket full
of glass for magpies,
lovers' verses, shadow beds
for weary ghosts
and so must be content
to watch the walls fall down.
These rainy ruins
where ravens ride wrinkled sky
where nightfall black-backs silver-mirror moons
however weak you are,
you can stroll forever,
muscular past for a walking-stick,
hear a hundred private jokes
the ghosts still tell/will tell
to you or the next one
as constant as a ghost
or more hopeful
than a ruin.
Optional Folky Musical Accompaniment
Images: Carpathian castle ruins, author unknown, via internet. Fair use.
Hope From The Ruins, ©Joshua Smith, All Rights Reserved. Fair use.