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Beautiful Ruin

By Linda Imbler

Beautiful Ruin

Within peeling walls,
where spiders and specters now dwell,
and hold court with the dust,
they alone remain
as the non-derelict guardians
and holders of this history.

No more to hold the roof aloft
than time itself.
A roof crushed under the weight
of leaves and detritus,
outside would-be invaders
who threaten to force entry
and destroy the sanctity
of broken glass and tiles.

This grand deconstruction,
splendid in its disrepair.

"Beautiful Ruin" was previously published in Volume 48, Spring, 2016 in The Broad River Review Literary Magazine.

Article © Linda Imbler. All rights reserved.
Published on 2018-04-02
Image(s) are public domain.
1 Reader Comments
Christine Tabaka
08:29:56 PM
Wonerful images! I feel as it I am there.
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