On Transience

Through ruins of another age
we tramp and trace ancestral paths
through corridors collapsed by quakes
and buckled walls concussed by wars

such histories consigned to dust
dispelled by blusters since dissolved
as we ascend careening steps
of stone once thought to long endure

now cracked and haggard as the past
while rattled shadows slant and cast
their choral curse across this scene
where parapets and towers lean.

So tempting to invent the tale
when we reach the crumbled throne
imagine dancers, chanting, crowns
high polished armor, gilded gowns.

Our tour guide wrecks the reverie,
returns us to our constancy.
Back home, we walk down wooden stairs
and flooring, hallways, unawares.

On Transience © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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20 lines.  Image challenge (walls and stairs made of stones which have cracked, loosened, and fallen out of place) prompt - link: https://allpoetry.com/contest/2751448-Fantasy-803
Submitted: May 30, 2020

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