Now a Grassy Field

This poem reflects upon the consequences of actions by both nature and man.  Over the years, these events have included endless examples:  earthquakes, drought, tornadoes, wild fires, hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, chemical spills, wars, and many more.  Where once stood a robust village–which was full of life–now replaced by the marker of an empty, grassy field.

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Hidden corner

World’s heartache

Void’s emptiness


Time long ago

Quaint village

Breathing with life


Disaster struck

Shredding life

Snuffing out breath


Natural acts

Or man-made

Crushing spirits


Now a grassy field



Village gone

Quietness speaks


Lasting impact

Death now reigns

Changed forever


No more children

Shops shuttered

Purging future


Sun still rises

Nothing shines

Sunrise crying


Now a grassy field

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Matt Haig Quotes

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Between life and death, there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever.

Regrets don’t leave.  They weren’t mosquito bites.  They itch forever.

Matt Haig (born 1975) is an English writer and journalist.  Much of his writing focuses on novels with fictional themes for adults as well as children stories.