Another Lost General

The lichen had spread
Until only half a face
Remained,

Another lost general
In a town hollowed out
From the bombing,

Abandoned and left to decay
In that good old fashioned way.

The stains from rainfall
Left him crying black tears
As he slowly disappeared,

Looking deep into the sky
As corrosion had its way,

Creeping and conquering
Until all that remained
Was a shape,

A creature stretching out
Into endless ruination,

A single grey eye

Winking into the sun.

One Response to “Another Lost General”

  1. This is brilliant & so apposite in the light of what happened in Bristol last weekend. That first stanza gets it off to the perfect start & makes the reader look forward to the rest. And those last two lines ‘A single grey eye/winking into the sun’ is the perfect conclusion. Send it somewhere at once!

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