Nothing has ever lasted forever
Not even friendships steeped
In time and long trust
Until time itself becomes the enemy
Crumbling castles, rusting doors
Running age old strength into the ground
With barely a glance at it’s own actions.
And now, just shy of another decade
Time turned its gaze to another
A hapless victim, struggling against fate
Its inexorable inevitability
Glaring with one baleful Cyclopsian eye
At a cherished partner of long years
Bruising value, unraveling faith
Leaving behind a once green, hopeful vale
Now burnt with the fires of despair.
Therein lay my hope and my strength
And my reason for laughter
Now it is all gone, taking everything with it
Smeared into the ash and muddied with blood
Leaving this haplesss creature
Consumed by a void as barren as a desert
That yearns for water, even as a mirage.
© Ruth P. – 2016
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