A Culture Vanished

The city streets abandoned lie,
Their stony paths untrod;
The houses sit forgotten by
As vultures wheel above.

Forsaken is this ancient town
That once was filled with life;
Where merchants had traversed abroad,
Where shone the summer’s light.

But winter came, and warmth did flee
The homes within this place.
The children singing merrily
Lay buried in the grave.

For rather than prepare for cold
The people still would play,
Stop up their ears from warnings told,
 And waste away their days.

So when at last the snow did fall
And blizzards howling came,
The townsmen did forsake their halls
 To flee the storms in vain.

Alas! they swiftly met their end
‘Ere warmer climes they found:
In hunger’s pangs they named the dead
Laid in the rocky ground.

Their city now is wolves’ abode,
The haven of the stork.
The people heeded not sound word,
But did refuse to work.

Thus, generations ended swift,
An ancient line did die;
For rather than perfect their gift
They fallow let it lie.

About this poem

This poem is a musing upon how the mindset of a civilization may determine its fate.

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Written on June 19, 2020

Submitted by Dirhaval on January 09, 2022

Modified on May 01, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,000
Words 203
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Shelby Minick

Shelby grew up reading from a young age and was encouraged to try her hand at different writing styles throughout her schooling years. She began writing poetry several years ago, and her influences are such poets as Tennyson, Longfellow, Kipling, and Tolkien, to name a few. more…

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