Questions of the Ancient Steps

Half-repossessed by urgent earth
converging on their estranged case,
those stone stairs slowly take their flight
and vanish deep in underbrush,
where reasons for such ancient steps
escape our knowledge of the past.

How monuments obscure so fast:
so grand one year, then dust the next.
We dig for clues, remain perplexed.

Who dropped such rocks without a trace?
Where did they lead, if any place?

The causes we may never know.

Or does our answer
lie below?

Questions of the Ancient Steps © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: December 23, 2020